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Location United Kingdom, East Anglia
Central coordinates 1o 42.15' East  52o 23.03' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 468 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Reedbeds and other wetland habitats situated along the Suffolk coast just north of Southwold. The IBA includes ancient woodland, saltmarsh, shingle and sand-dune communities, and brackish and freshwater communities that inhabit coastal lagoons, reedbeds and the river valley. The cliffs and beach have geological and physiographical importance. The IBA holds a diverse assemblage of breeding and wintering species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus resident  2003-2007  8-15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2006  40 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Benacre National Nature Reserve 372 protected area contained by site 408  
Benacre to Easton Bavents Birds Directive 517 is identical to site 468  
Pakefield to Easton Bavents Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 735 protected area contains site 468  
Suffolk Heritage Coast 12,216 protected area overlaps with site 282  
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 40,300 protected area contains site 468  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Fens, transition mires and springs; Shingle or stony beaches; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Benacre to Easton Bavents. Downloaded from on 01/08/2014

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