email a friend
printable version
Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 4o 36.17' West  55o 56.51' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4
Area 1,817 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Extensive areas of intertidal habitats bounded by areas of heavy industry. Habitats present include saltmarsh, mudflats and eel-grass Zostera and mussel Mytilus beds. The IBA is important for wintering waders and wildfowl.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  2001-2006  1,561 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus winter  2001-2006  2,024 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata passage  2001-2006  1,597 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  2001-2006  1,241 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2001-2006  24,993 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  27,266 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Tringa totanus Common Redshank 1340 1561 individuals 100 favourable
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 2180 2024 individuals 93 favourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 595 1597 individuals 100 favourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 1220 1241 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Inner Clyde RSPB Reserve 364 protected area contains site 364  
Inner Clyde Site of Special Scientific Interest 3,427 is identical to site 1,817  
Inner Clyde Estuary Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,826 is identical to site 1,817  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  100%

Land use

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

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Inner Clyde. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife