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Location United Kingdom, Yorkshire and Humberside
Central coordinates 0o 53.96' West  53o 38.25' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 3,337 ha
Altitude 2 - 6m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description These two moors, lying to the east and north-east of Doncaster, are the largest remaining areas of lowland peatbog in England. Much peat extraction has already taken place. The IBA is important for Caprimulgus europaeus and a range of breeding waders and wintering raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2006  89 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable high
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 82 89 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)  
Hatfield Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,420 protected area contained by site 1,422  
Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve 2,888 protected area contained by site 1,381  
Thorne Crowle and Goole Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,919 protected area contained by site 1,919  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
nature conservation and research 30%
other 60%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Thorne and Hatfield Moors. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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