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Location United Kingdom, South East
Central coordinates 0o 4.09' East  51o 3.67' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 3,197 ha
Altitude 111 - 218m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A large expanse of woodland and heathland cut by streams, with scattered boggy areas. The heathland and woodland support a typical range of species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  85 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata resident  2006  38 breeding pairs  good  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ashdown Forest Birds Directive 3,207 is identical to site 3,197  
Ashdown Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest 3,209 is identical to site 3,197  
High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 146,000 protected area contains site 3,197  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ashdown Forest. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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