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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 

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  


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 on 31/10/2014

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