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New Forest


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 2004 542 males B2, C6
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus LC breeding 1996 2 C6
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC winter 1992 15 individuals C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 2006 159 males C6
Dartford Warbler Curruca undata NT resident 2006 422 males C6
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus LC resident 1992 430 breeding pairs B2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 near favourable high medium
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 325 542 males 100 favourable
Lullula arborea Woodlark 58 159 males 100 favourable
Curruca undata Dartford Warbler 540 422 males 79 near favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
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
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other 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 Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
The New Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 28,945 protected area overlaps with site 27,924
The New Forest Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 28,003 protected area overlaps with site 27,924
The New Forest Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 29,214 protected area contains site 0
Roydon Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 295 protected area is adjacent to site 0
River Avon System Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 476 protected area is adjacent to site 0
River Avon Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 417 protected area is adjacent to site 0
North Solent Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,188 protected area is adjacent to site 0
North Solent National Nature Reserve 926 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Norley Copse and Meadow Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 7 protected area overlaps with site 0
New Forest National Park 56,693 protected area contains site 27,924
New Forest Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 27,969 is identical to site 27,924
Lymington River Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 35 protected area overlaps with site 0
Landford Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 12 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Kingston Great Common National Nature Reserve 57 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ibsley and Rockford Commons Nature Reserve 542 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hale Purlieu Nature Reserve 225 protected area overlaps with site 0
Bramshaw Commons Nature Reserve 728 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Heathland -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: New Forest. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/new-forest-iba-united-kingdom on 01/03/2024.