Bowland Fells

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 79,978 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 low favourable negligible
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Site description
The Forest of Bowland forms a western outlier to the Pennines, with gentle slopes and level ground on ridges. Fast-flowing streams drain an extensive area of upland moorland and blanket mire, and bracken Pteridium may dominate on lower ground. The IBA supports a typical range of breeding upland birds, and is a breeding stronghold of Circus cyaneus. The site is also important for breeding waders and gulls.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bowland Fells. Downloaded from on 03/12/2022.