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Location United Kingdom, South West
Central coordinates 4o 35.39' West  50o 34.67' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 8,260 ha
Altitude 196 - 420m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Bodmin Moor occupies much of the central part of east Cornwall, and is notable as a low-altitude moorland with Atlantic elements in its flora and fauna. Acid grassland, heathland, and bog and mire wetland plant communities are widespread. The IBA is important for breeding waders and other moorland species, and wintering raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria winter  1995  10,000 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus breeding  1999  264 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Saxicola torquatus Common Stonechat 200 264 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  Unknown  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bodmin Moor, North Site of Special Scientific Interest 4,889 protected area contained by site 4,893  
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 95,800 protected area overlaps with site 7,523  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Coastline Scree and boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bodmin Moor. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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