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Location United Kingdom, North West
Central coordinates 1o 59.81' West  52o 45.14' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 3,189 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Cannock Chase is located between Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stafford. It comprises a mixture of natural deciduous woodland, coniferous plantations, open heathland and the remains of early industry, such as coal mining.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  57 males only  good  B2  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  2006  25 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 28 57 males only 100 favourable
Lullula arborea Wood Lark 8 25 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 6,800 protected area contains site 3,189  
Cannock Chase Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,281 protected area contained by site 1,272  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cannock Chase. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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