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East Devon Heaths


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 2006 82 males C6
Dartford Warbler Curruca undata NT resident 2006 83 males 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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium unfavourable low
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
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
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 79 82 males 100 favourable
Curruca undata Dartford Warbler 130 83 males 64 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,135 protected area overlaps with site 1,130
East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,124 protected area contained by site 0
East Devon Heaths Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,124 protected area contained by site 1,120
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 26,929 protected area contains site 1,398
Aylesbeare Common Nature Reserve 242 protected area overlaps with site 0
Aylesbeare Common RSPB Reserve 242 protected area contained by site 242

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Heathland -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: East Devon Heaths. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/02/2023.