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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 50.28' West  56o 31.72' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 1,927 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. Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh (Tiree Wetlands and Coast) consists of several areas of wetland, including habitats such as machair, heath and freshwater lochs, and extensive sections of the coastline, taking in the islet of Soa. The wetland areas support roost sites of significant numbers of wintering Greenland Branta leucopsis, Greenland Anser albifrons flavirostris, as well as breeding terns, waders and waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1999-2000  142 individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1999-2002  414 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  2000  449 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1999-2000  53 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities likely in short term (within 4 years) 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium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)  
Ceann A' Mhara to Loch A' Phuill Site of Special Scientific Interest 628 protected area overlaps with site 167  
Sleibhtean Agus Cladach Thiriodh Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,771 protected area contained by site 1,771  
Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh (Tiree Wetlands and Coast) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,939 is identical to site 1,927  
The Reef, Tiree RSPB Reserve 418 protected area overlaps with site 316  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches  minor
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sleibhtean Agus Chladach Thiriodh. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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