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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 37.33' West  56o 35.98' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 369 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The island of Coll lies in the Inner Hebrides of western Scotland, west of Mull in Argyll and Bute. The IBA lies towards the south-west of the island. It includes areas of agricultural hay meadows, silage fields, pasture, arable fields, marsh, Iris beds and rock outcrops. It is important for breeding Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2001  38 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Coll RSPB Reserve 1,636 protected area overlaps with site 245  
Coll (Corncrake) Birds Directive 371 is identical to site 369  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs  minor
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coll (Corncrake). Downloaded from on 02/10/2014

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