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Location United Kingdom, East Anglia
Central coordinates 1o 37.88' East  52o 35.07' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 2,091 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A tidal estuary containing the only intertidal flats on the east coast of Norfolk, which is complemented by adjacent wet grassland in the Broadland IBA. The site 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
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus winter  2001-2006  10,515 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  2001-2006  203 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  2001-2006  19,011 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  2001-2006  1,001 individuals  good  B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  2001-2006  4,984 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria winter  2001-2006  17,745 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  2001-2006  1,418 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa winter  2001-2006  1,453 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2006  202 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2001-2006  23,024 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  85,698 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

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 - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 14 10515 individuals 100 favourable
Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan 375 203 individuals 55 unfavourable
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon 4540 19011 individuals 100 favourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 1670 4984 individuals 100 favourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 4350 17745 individuals 100 favourable
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 215 1453 individuals 100 favourable
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 130 1418 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 40998 85698 individuals 100 favourable

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)  
Berney Marshes and Breydon Water RSPB Reserve 858 protected area overlaps with site 665  
Breydon Water Birds Directive 1,203 protected area contained by site 1,203  
Breydon Water Site of Special Scientific Interest 512 protected area contained by site 513  
Breydon Water Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,203 protected area contained by site 1,203  
Broads National Park 30,300 protected area contains site 2,091  
Halvergate Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,433 protected area overlaps with site 695  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Breydon Water. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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