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Location United Kingdom, South East
Central coordinates 0o 51.85' East  51o 49.51' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Area 716 ha
Altitude 10 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description This reservoir was created following the flooding of a long shallow valley, and supports fringing reed Phragmites and Salix swamp. Water is pumped mainly from the River Stour, 14 km to the north.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  2001-2006  419 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2001-2006  21,378 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  22,232 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Abberton Reservoir Birds Directive 726 is identical to site 716  
Abberton Reservoir Site of Special Scientific Interest 718 is identical to site 716  
Abberton Reservoir Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 726 is identical to site 716  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abberton Reservoir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014

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