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Location United Kingdom, Wales
Central coordinates 4o 10.69' West  51o 38.94' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4
Area 6,650 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The Burry inlet forms a large intertidal area between the Gower peninsula and Llanelli. Large sand-dune systems and the most extensive area of saltmarsh in Wales occur within the IBA. The site attracts important numbers of wintering and passage wildfowl and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  2001-2006  3,814 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Haematopus ostralegus passage  2001-2006  10,773 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Haematopus ostralegus winter  2001-2006  14,441 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  2001-2006  6,948 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2001-2006  30,509 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  44,198 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium near favourable medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Anas acuta Northern Pintail 1420 3814 individuals 100 favourable
Haematopus ostralegus 12600 14441 individuals 100 favourable
Haematopus ostralegus 11000 10773 individuals 98 favourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 1390 1086 individuals 79 near favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 7050 6948 individuals 99 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 33947 44198 individuals 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arfordir Pen-bre/pembrey Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest 4,120 protected area overlaps with site 441  
Burry Inlet Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,628 is identical to site 6,628  
Burry Inlet and Loughor Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest 5,897 protected area overlaps with site 5,323  
Gower Heritage Coast 0 protected area overlaps with site 1,622  
Gwyr (Gower) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 4,081  
Llanrhidian Marsh Park 0 protected area contained by site 959  
Twyni Chwitffordd, Morfa Landim_r a Bae Brychdwn/Whiteford Burrows, Landimore Marsh and Broughton Ba Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,391 protected area overlaps with site 842  
Whiteford National Nature Reserve 782 protected area contained by site 782  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Burry Inlet. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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