Dorset Heaths and Forests

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: B2, C6 (2007)
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Area: 10,577 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable medium high
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Site description (2007 baseline)
A large, fragmented area situated around Poole Harbour and to the west of Wareham, overlying the infertile and acidic Bagshot Beds. The area comprises mainly lowland heathland and mires, with associated woodland and grassland. The IBA holds important populations of specialist heathland birds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Dorset Heaths and Forests. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.