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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
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture 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
Biological resource use 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
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

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  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bodmin Moor. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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