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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 1o 1.47' West  60o 40.23' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 1,130 ha
Altitude 0 - 110m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A mosaic of moorland and blanket bog, which overlies deep peat. Calluna, Eriophorum and Scirpus dominate the blanket bog plant community, which is interspersed with areas of acid grassland and Sphagnum-rich mire. The IBA supports an assemblage of breeding moorland birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata breeding  1994  6 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1992  23 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 
Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus breeding  2002  16 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 very high unfavourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Stercorarius parasiticus Arctic Jaeger 27 16 breeding pairs 60 unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Black Park RSPB Reserve 282 protected area overlaps with site 210  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%
nature conservation and research -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Blackpark and Gutcher, Yell. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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