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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 54.44' West  56o 28.18' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 541 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The island of Tiree lies in the Inner Hebrides of western Scotland, 17 km west of Mull in Argyll and Bute. The site lies close to Ben Hynish, near the south coast of the island, and includes areas of agricultural hay meadows, silage fields, pasture, arable fields, marsh, iris beds and rock outcrops. It supports an important breeding population of Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2001  47 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium favourable 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 likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Crex crex Corncrake 44 47 breeding pairs 100 favourable

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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tiree (Corncrake). Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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