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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 

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 29/07/2014

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