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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 4o 48.47' West  58o 22.28' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 21,082 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A large upland area, important for breeding raptors and other montane species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  2003  6 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Eriboll Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,770 protected area overlaps with site 433  
Foinaven Site of Special Scientific Interest 14,905 protected area overlaps with site 10,030  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  major
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  major
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  minor
Coastline Inland cliffs  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

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

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