Sandlings Forest

Sandlings Forest is a 2,483.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in two large blocks, Rendlesham Forest and Tunstall Forest, and two small ones, between Woodbridge and Aldeburgh in Suffolk.[1][2] It is partly in the Sandlings Special Protection Area under the European Union Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds.[3][4] It is in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[5]

Sandlings Forest
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Pond, Rendlsham Forest - geograph.org.uk - 911599.jpg
Pond in Rendlesham Forest
Area of SearchSuffolk
Grid referenceTM 363 512[1]
InterestBiological
Area2,483.8 hectares[1]
Notification2000[1]
Location mapMagic Map

These commercial coniferous plantations are designated an SSSI for their internationally important bird populations. Surveys in the 1990s found 81 singing nightjars, around 2% of the number in Britain, and 71 woodlarks, approximately 5% of the British population.[6]

There are public footpaths through the woods.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Sandlings Forest". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Map of Sandlings Forest". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Special Protection Areas under the EC Birds Directive. Sandlings" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Designated Sites View: Sandlings". Special Protection Area. Natural England. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan 2013–2018" (PDF). Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. p. 76. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Sandlings Forest citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 7 June 2017.

Coordinates: 52°07′N 1°27′E / 52.11°N 1.45°E / 52.11; 1.45