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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 4o 54.69' West  57o 36.33' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 207 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Achanalt Reservoir and marshes are characterised by mesotrophic grassland on a river valley flood plain. There are two waterlogged Carex Juncus communities, and the whole area is important for breeding waders, wildfowl and gulls.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1991-1995  3 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium not assessed medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture 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

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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Achanalt Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest 215 is identical to site 207  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Achanalt Marshes. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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