Avon Valley

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: B1i, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 1,348 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 high very unfavourable low
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Site description (baseline)
The IBA comprises about 20 km of the Avon valley, the flood-plain of which contains a variety of habitats. The river itself is probably the most diverse chalk river system in the UK, with an aquatic flora that includes important Ranunculus beds, reflecting its chalk and acid qualities. Adjacent hay-meadows also support a rich flora. Meadows, fen and carr attract a wide range of wintering and breeding wetland birds, with heathland species breeding in adjacent areas.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Avon Valley. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.