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Location United Kingdom, South East
Central coordinates 1o 22.53' East  51o 18.44' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Area 2,601 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description The IBA covers Sandwich Bay and the estuary of the River Stour at Pegwell Bay, incorporating a wide range of habitats including rocky coastline, mudflats and shingle-beaches. The site is important for wintering and passage waders and waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula passage  2001-2006  613 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres passage  2001-2006  904 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  2001-2006  1,108 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  35,429 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium favourable low
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 renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
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 small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Charadrius hiaticula Common Ringed Plover 500 613 individuals 100 favourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 940 904 individuals 97 favourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 1100 1108 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  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve 629 protected area overlaps with site 602  
Sandwich Bay to Hacklinge Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,790 protected area contained by site 1,798  
Thanet Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest 817 protected area contained by site 813  
Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Birds Directive 1,873 protected area contained by site 1,873  
Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,169 protected area contained by site 2,169  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Fens, transition mires and springs; Mud flats and sand flats; Rivers and streams; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Shingle or stony beaches; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2014

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