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Location United Kingdom, East Midlands
Central coordinates 0o 43.35' West  53o 29.17' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 1,209 ha
Altitude 3 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A small mixed forest, mainly pine Pinus, situated in the north-western corner of Lincolnshire. Areas of unimproved acid grassland and heathland command SSSI status, and contain characteristic communities. Scotton and Laughton forest ponds support plant species of acid fen/mire. The site is important for breeding Caprimulgus europaeus and Lullula arborea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  25 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  2006  17 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 41 25 males only 61 unfavourable
Lullula arborea Wood Lark 8 17 males only 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  Unknown  Not assessed  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Scotton and Laughton Forest Ponds Site of Special Scientific Interest 48 protected area contained by site 49  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 93%
nature conservation and research 7%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Laughton Forest. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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