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Location United Kingdom, North
Central coordinates 1o 32.30' West  55o 20.12' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 20 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A small flat-topped island located about 1 km off the Northumberland coast at Amble. The IBA supports large colonies of breeding seabirds, notably terns, and Somateria mollissima.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  2007  1,223 nests  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2007  75 nests  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2007  1,226 nests  good  C6  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  2007  1,247 nests  good  C6  Least Concern 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  2001  17,208 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, B2, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1999-2001  17,254 breeding pairs  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Coquet Island Birds Directive 22 is identical to site 20  
Coquet Island RSPB Reserve 22 is identical to site 20  
Coquet Island Site of Special Scientific Interest 20 is identical to site 20  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coquet Island. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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