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Location United Kingdom, South West
Central coordinates 3o 21.90' West  50o 40.18' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 1,409 ha
Altitude 61 - 176m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description These areas form the largest blocks of lowland heath in Devon. The site supports a range of breeding heathland birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2006  82 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata resident  2006  83 males only  good  C6  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium unfavourable low
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
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities 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

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 79 82 males only 100 favourable
Sylvia undata Dartford Warbler 130 83 males only 64 unfavourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aylesbeare Common RSPB Reserve 242 protected area contained by site 242  
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 26,800 protected area overlaps with site 1,398  
East Devon Heaths Birds Directive 1,120 protected area contained by site 1,120  
East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,135 protected area contained by site 1,130  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: East Devon Heaths. Downloaded from on 24/11/2014

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