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Location United Kingdom, Wales
Central coordinates 4o 2.53' West  53o 15.31' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B2, C4
Area 2,694 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description This large intertidal area, at the eastern end of the Menai Straits, contains a range of habitats including exposed and sheltered sands and mudflats diversified by freshwater streams. The IBA is important for wintering and passage wildfowl and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata passage  2001-2006  2,192 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  2001-2006  1,636 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  19,575 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Traeth Lafan Site of Special Scientific Interest 2,700 is identical to site 2,694  
Traeth Lafan (Lavan Sands, Conway Bay) Birds Directive 2,694 is identical to site 2,694  
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy (Menai Strait and Conwy Bay) Habitats Directive 26,387 protected area contains site 2,694  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Rivers and streams; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Traeth Lafan, Conwy Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/09/2014

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