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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   

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 17/04/2014

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