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Location United Kingdom, South West
Central coordinates 3o 44.67' West  51o 10.70' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 22,667 ha
Altitude 0 - 519m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Upland moorland and grassland, including all of the heathland on Exmoor and the Quantocks, and rocky coastal habitats. This highly fragmented site supports a number of moorland species, including Falco columbarius.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1995  20 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  133 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra breeding  2002  292 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus resident  2002  468 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 56 133 males only 100 favourable
Saxicola rubetra Whinchat 450 292 breeding pairs 65 not assessed
Saxicola torquatus Common Stonechat 300 468 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Exmoor Heritage Coast 6,414 protected area overlaps with site 2,164  
Exmoor National Park 69,300 protected area overlaps with site 19,513  
North Exmoor Site of Special Scientific Interest 12,000 protected area contained by site 12,017  
South Exmoor Site of Special Scientific Interest 3,131 protected area contained by site 3,127  
The Quantocks Site of Special Scientific Interest 2,474 protected area contained by site 2,473  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Exmoor Coast and Heaths. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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