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Location United Kingdom, North West
Central coordinates 1o 4.50' West  53o 12.64' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 10,122 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Sherwood Forest is a Royal Forest in Nottinghamshire. Continuously forested since the end of the Ice Age, the wooded forest of today is a remnant of a much larger royal hunting forest.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  63 males only  good  B2  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  2004  25 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 high very unfavourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance war, civil unrest and military exercises likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Lullula arborea Wood Lark 80 25 breeding pairs 32 very unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
The Greenwood (Community Forest) Other Conservation Area 41,688 protected area overlaps with site 2,228  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sherwood Forest. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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