SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Wealden Heaths

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Wealden Heaths SPA is located within Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. It comprises areas of wet and dry heathland, valley bogs, broad-leaved and coniferous woodland, permanent grassland and open water. Some of these habitats are themselves of European significance and support nationally important assemblages of wetland plants, invertebrates and reptiles. The site has three heathland-breeding bird species in numbers of European importance:. Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and Woodlark Lullula arborea, and Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata which nest and feed in gorse Ulex sp.


Together with the nearby Thames Basin Heaths SPA and Ashdown Forest SPA, Wealden Heaths form part of a complex of heathlands in southern England that support breeding bird populations of European importance. 
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Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
During the breeding season;
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata, 123 pairs representing at least 7.7% of the breeding population in Great Britain
Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, 103 pairs representing at least 3.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain
Woodlark Lullula arborea, 105 pairs representing at least 7.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain



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