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Location United Kingdom, South West
Central coordinates 3o 32.71' West  50o 36.83' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 3,146 ha
Altitude 113 - 247m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Forested heathland to the west of the Exe estuary. The IBA supports a range of breeding heathland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  77 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea resident  2006  2 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata resident  2006  8 males only  good  C6  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 100 77 males only 77 near favourable
Lullula arborea Wood Lark 8 2 males only 25 very unfavourable
Sylvia undata Dartford Warbler 12 8 males only 67 unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Haldon Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,008 protected area contained by site 1,001  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
agriculture -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haldon Forest. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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