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Location United Kingdom, East Anglia
Central coordinates 1o 32.23' East  52o 40.16' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 5,402 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A series of flooded medieval peat-diggings situated within the flood-plains of five principal river valley systems. The IBA comprises a mosaic of reed Phragmites, fringed shallow lakes, open water, fen habitats, carr woodland and grazing-marshes. The IBA is important for a wide variety of breeding and wintering birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2001-2006  1,950 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  2001-2006  238 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Gadwall Anas strepera breeding  2006  48 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  2004-2006  1 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus winter  1984-1989  20 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  2005  14 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  2006  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  28,557 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ant Broads and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 746 protected area contained by site 743  
Broadland Birds Directive 5,486 is identical to site 5,402  
Broadland Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 4,623 is identical to site 4,623  
Broads National Park 30,300 protected area contains site 5,402  
Bure Broads and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 741 protected area contained by site 736  
Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 454  
Havergate Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 0 protected area overlaps with site 735  
Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve 585 protected area contained by site 586  
Mid Yare National Nature Reserve 784 protected area contained by site 779  
Mid Yare Valley RSPB Reserve 798 protected area contained by site 798  
Upper Thurne Broads and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,187 protected area contained by site 1,184  
yare Broads and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 745 protected area contained by site 741  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Broadland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2014

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