Somerset Levels and Moors

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 7,061 ha

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 high very unfavourable high
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Site description
The Levels and Moors have formed in the valleys of five rivers, which drain a large part of north Somerset. The whole area is low-lying, and the naturally poor drainage has encouraged peat build-up. Habitat-types include wet grassland, fen and raised bog. The IBA is important for breeding and wintering wildfowl and other wetland birds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Somerset Levels and Moors. Downloaded from on 29/01/2023.