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Ashdown Forest


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 2004 85 breeding pairs B2, C6
Dartford Warbler Curruca undata NT resident 2006 38 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium favourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 36 85 males 100 favourable
Curruca undata Dartford Warbler 29 38 males 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Wych Cross: The Warren Nature Reserve 6 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rock Wood Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 10 protected area overlaps with site 0
Old Lodge, Nutley Local Nature Reserve 103 protected area overlaps with site 0
High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 146,187 protected area contains site 3,197
Ashdown Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 3,214 protected area overlaps with site 3,197
Ashdown Forest Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,716 protected area contained by site 0
Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,207 is identical to site 3,197

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Heathland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ashdown Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/02/2023.