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Location United Kingdom, East Anglia
Central coordinates 1o 29.38' West  52o 8.17' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 4,287 ha
Altitude 2 - 31m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A fragmented site, comprising forested areas and heathland, running from Dunwich in the north to Rendlesham forest in the south.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2004  97 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  2007  176 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 135 97 males only 72 near favourable
Lullula arborea Wood Lark 25 176 males only 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Leiston - Aldeburgh Site of Special Scientific Interest 535 protected area overlaps with site 308  
North Warren RSPB Reserve 430 protected area overlaps with site 251  
Sandlings Birds Directive 3,392 protected area contained by site 3,392  
Sandlings Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest 2,484 protected area contained by site 2,474  
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 40,300 protected area contains site 4,287  
Sutton and Hollesby Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 462 protected area contained by site 462  

Habitats

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

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Suffolk Sandlings. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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