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Location United Kingdom, Isle of Man
Central coordinates 4o 46.33' West  54o 5.84' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, B3
Area 1,826 ha
Altitude 0 - 233m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Stretches of slate cliffs of varying profile, some are high, steep and vertical, others are rounded and low. Several small bays and Baie ny Carrickey are also included in the site. Habitat-types present include agricultural land, moorland and maritime heath. The IBA is important for breeding seabirds and other cliff-nesters.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1999  545 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Larus argentatus breeding  1999  5,538 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus breeding  1999  221 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1997  64-71 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 not assessed favourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Phalacrocorax aristotelis European Shag 440 545 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Larus argentatus 5800 5538 breeding pairs 96 favourable
Larus marinus Great Black-backed Gull 210 221 breeding pairs 100 favourable


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland   -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Isle of Man Sea Cliffs. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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