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Location United Kingdom, North
Central coordinates 1o 9.00' West  54o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4, C6
Area 1,246 ha
Altitude 0 - 85m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description The IBA comprises the Tees estuary, nearby marshes, rocky and sandy beaches on either side of the mouth of the estuary, and surrounding damp grassland. The site is important for breeding terns and wintering waterbirds and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  2001-2006  1,545 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus winter  2001-2006  3,298 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2000  19 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2006  25 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  26,148 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Tringa totanus Common Redshank 1360 1545 individuals 100 favourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 765 227 individuals 30 very unfavourable
Calidris canutus Red Knot 3780 3298 individuals 88 near favourable
Calidris pugnax Ruff 45 20 individuals 45 unfavourable
Sternula albifrons Little Tern 80 25 breeding pairs 32 very unfavourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 20512 26148 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  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cowpen Marsh Site of Special Scientific Interest 122 protected area contained by site 121  
Seal Sands Site of Special Scientific Interest 297 protected area overlaps with site 222  
Seaton Dunes and Common Site of Special Scientific Interest 314 protected area overlaps with site 235  
South Gare & Coatham Sands Site of Special Scientific Interest 396 protected area contained by site 387  
Tees and Hartlepool Foreshore and Wetlands Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 256 protected area contained by site 256  
Teesmouth National Nature Reserve 363 protected area overlaps with site 99  
Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Birds Directive 1,247 is identical to site 1,246  
Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,247 is identical to site 1,246  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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