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Location United Kingdom, South West
Central coordinates 1o 57.63' West  50o 45.71' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 10,577 ha
Altitude 4 - 92m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A large, fragmented area situated around Poole Harbour and to the west of Wareham, overlying the infertile and acidic Bagshot Beds. The area comprises mainly lowland heathland and mires, with associated woodland and grassland. The IBA holds important populations of specialist heathland birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Circus cyaneus winter  1992  12 individuals  good  C6  Not Recognised 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  690 males only  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1993  155 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  2006  106 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  2006  728 males only  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus breeding  1993  750 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium favourable high
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 some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance war, civil unrest and military exercises happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 545 690 males only 100 favourable
Lullula arborea Wood Lark 65 106 males only 100 favourable
Sylvia undata Dartford Warbler 610 728 males only 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  high 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 112,900 protected area overlaps with site 3,595  
Dorset Heathlands Birds Directive 8,190 protected area contained by site 8,098  
Dorset Heathlands Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,730 protected area contained by site 6,730  
Holt and West Moors Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest 767 protected area overlaps with site 686  
Morden Bog and Hyde Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest 660 protected area contained by site 662  
Povington and Grange Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 1,227 protected area overlaps with site 1,118  
Purbeck Heritage Coast 16,512 protected area overlaps with site 2,090  
Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve 625 protected area overlaps with site 568  
Studland and Godlingston Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 759 protected area contained by site 759  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Salt marshes; Water fringe vegetation  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dorset Heaths and Forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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