Dorset Heaths and Forests

Country/territory: United Kingdom

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

Protection status:

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 medium favourable high
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Site description
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 (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dorset Heaths and Forests. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.