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Location United Kingdom, North West
Central coordinates 2o 47.65' West  54o 10.04' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 129 ha
Altitude 15 m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description The IBA is situated between Silverdale and Warton on the edge of Morecambe Bay, and contains the largest reedbed (Phragmites) in north-west England. The site is important for breeding reedbed species and wintering wildfowl.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris resident  2004-2006  1 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 7,500 protected area contains site 129  
Leighton Moss Birds Directive 129 is identical to site 129  
Leighton Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 125 is identical to site 125  
Leighton Moss Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 129 is identical to site 129  
Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay RSPB Reserve 1,812 protected area contained by site 129  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Leighton Moss. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014

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