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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 2o 2.78' West  57o 41.66' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 154 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description An exposed north-facing rocky and sandy shoreline running west from the town of Fraserburgh. The IBA includes a narrow fringe of sand-dunes and saltmarsh. The IBA is important for wintering waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  1990-1995  570 individuals  good  C7  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima winter  1990-1995  120 individuals  good  C7  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed low
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

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rosehearty to Fraserburgh Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest 139 protected area contained by site 139  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Shingle or stony beaches  70%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rosehearty to Fraserburgh Coast. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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