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Suffolk Sandlings


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 97 breeding pairs C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 2007 176 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.

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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 near 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 livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
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
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams likely in short term (within 4 years) 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 small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 135 97 males 72 near favourable
Lullula arborea Woodlark 25 176 males 100 favourable

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 Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Westleton Heath National Nature Reserve 48 protected area overlaps with site 0
Tunstall Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 37 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sutton and Hollesley Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 483 protected area overlaps with site 483
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 40,510 protected area contains site 4,287
Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve 981 protected area overlaps with site 0
Suffolk Heritage Coast 20,697 protected area overlaps with site 0
Staverton Park And The Thicks; Wantisden Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 84 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Staverton Park and The Thicks, Wantisden Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 81 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Snape Warren Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 48 protected area overlaps with site 0
Snape Nature Reserve 235 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sandlings Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 2,482 protected area overlaps with site 2,474
Sandlings Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,406 protected area contained by site 3,392
Potton Hall Fields, Westleton Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 17 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Warren RSPB Reserve 430 protected area overlaps with site 251
North Warren Nature Reserve 412 protected area overlaps with site 0
Minsmere-Walberswick Heaths and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 2,325 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Minsmere-Walberswick Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,019 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Minsmere To Walberswick Heaths And Marshes Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,257 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Minsmere - Walberswick Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,019 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Minsmere Nature Reserve 979 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Leiston - Aldeburgh Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 534 protected area overlaps with site 308
Iken Wood Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 5 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dingle Marshes Nature Reserve 204 protected area overlaps with site 0
Blaxhall Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 46 protected area overlaps with site 0
Alde; Ore And Butley Estuaries Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,633 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Alde-Ore Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 2,532 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Alde-Ore Estuary Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,547 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Alde-Ore Estuary Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,404 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Suffolk Sandlings. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/06/2022.