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Location United Kingdom, South East
Central coordinates 1o 14.18' East  51o 53.18' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4, C6
Area 2,215 ha
Altitude 0 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A large, shallow estuarine basin comprising tidal creeks and islands, sand-dunes and extensive areas of saltmarsh. The IBA is important for wintering waders and wildfowl and breeding terns.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  2001-2006  460 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  2001-2006  482 individuals  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria winter  2001-2006  4,530 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula passage  2001-2006  570 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus winter  2001-2006  1,972 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica winter  2001-2006  763 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  2001-2006  1,286 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Ruff Philomachus pugnax winter  2001-2006  16 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons breeding  2000  113 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons breeding  2006  50 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  44,175 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hamford Water Birds Directive 2,187 is identical to site 2,187  
Hamford Water National Nature Reserve 1,427 protected area contained by site 1,418  
Hamford Water Site of Special Scientific Interest 2,186 is identical to site 2,187  
Hamford Water Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,187 is identical to site 2,187  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hamford Water. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/07/2014

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