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Location United Kingdom, North West
Central coordinates 2o 52.68' West  53o 37.49' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 120 ha
Altitude 3 m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The IBA comprises a low-lying wetland complex that IBA holds internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  1990-1995  1,010 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus winter  1990-1995  5,600 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1990-1995  595 individuals  good  B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1990-1995  600 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Ruff Calidris pugnax winter  2001-2006  128 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Calidris pugnax Ruff 34 128 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 24345 4267 individuals 18 very unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Not assessed  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Martin Mere Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 120 is identical to site 120  
Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust Reserve 119 protected area contains site 119  
Martin Mere, Burscough Site of Special Scientific Interest 120 is identical to site 120  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Martin Mere. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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