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Exmoor Coast and 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 2004 133 males C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1995 20 breeding pairs B2, C6
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra LC breeding 2002 292 breeding pairs B3
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus LC resident 2002 468 breeding pairs B2

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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium favourable 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 wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations 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 56 133 males 100 favourable
Saxicola rubetra Whinchat 450 292 breeding pairs 65 not assessed
Saxicola torquatus Common Stonechat 300 468 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Winsford Hill Nature Reserve 38 protected area contained by site 0
West Exmoor Coast and Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 699 protected area overlaps with site 0
West Exmoor Coast Nature Reserve 723 protected area overlaps with site 0
Watersmeet Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 346 protected area overlaps with site 0
Watersmeet Nature Reserve 545 protected area overlaps with site 0
Triscombe Hills Nature Reserve 92 protected area overlaps with site 0
The Quantocks Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 2,476 protected area overlaps with site 2,473
The Dunkery & Horner Wood National Nature Reserve 1,605 protected area overlaps with site 0
South Exmoor Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 3,132 protected area overlaps with site 3,127
Shervage Wood Nature Reserve 55 protected area overlaps with site 0
Saunton To Baggy Point Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 148 protected area overlaps with site 0
River Barle Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 104 protected area overlaps with site 0
Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 9,922 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Exmoor Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 12,005 protected area overlaps with site 12,017
North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 17,184 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Devon Heritage Coast 13,352 protected area overlaps with site 0
Napp's Cave Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 12 protected area contained by site 0
Morte Point Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 96 protected area overlaps with site 0
Morte Nature Reserve 207 protected area overlaps with site 0
Holnicote Nature Reserve 3,567 protected area overlaps with site 0
Holford Nature Reserve 52 protected area contained by site 0
Hillsborough Local Nature Reserve 28 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hele, Samson's and Combe Martin Bays Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 51 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hawkcombe Woods National Nature Reserve 98 protected area overlaps with site 0
Greenaleigh Nature Reserve 7 protected area overlaps with site 0
Grabbist Hill Nature Reserve 29 protected area contained by site 0
Exmoor Heaths Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 10,670 protected area contained by site 10,706
Exmoor Coastal Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,732 protected area overlaps with site 0
Exmoor And Quantock Oakwoods Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,894 protected area overlaps with site 0
Exmoor National Park 69,341 protected area overlaps with site 19,513
Exmoor Heritage Coast 11,672 protected area overlaps with site 2,164
Dunster Park and Heathlands Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 429 protected area overlaps with site 0
Braunton Burrows Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,340 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Braunton Burrows Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,340 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Bideford to Foreland Point Marine Conservation Zone 10,361 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Beacon and Bicknoller Hills Nature Reserve 263 protected area overlaps with site 0
Barricane Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 8 protected area overlaps with site 0
Barle Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 653 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Heathland -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Exmoor Coast and Heaths. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/08/2022.