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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 1o 48.69' West  57o 26.38' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B3, C4
Area 207 ha
Altitude 0 - 72m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The IBA comprises south-east facing granitic cliffs, interrupted by the sandy beach at Cruden Bay, and offshore stacks. The site is important for breeding seabirds and waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  2001  408 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  2001  3,061 breeding pairs  good  B3  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2001-2002  24,911 breeding pairs  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  2001-2002  17,278 breeding pairs  good  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Alca torda Razorbill 2896 3061 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - seabirds A4iii 23818 24911 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 28145 17278 breeding pairs 62 unfavourable

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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium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)  
Bullers Of Buchan Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest 109 protected area contained by site 109  
Collieston to Whinnyfold Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest 104 protected area contained by site 104  
Longhaven Cliffs (SWT) Reserve 36 protected area contains site 36  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  2%
Grassland   5%
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water  2%
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  91%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Buchan Ness to Collieston Coast. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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