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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 4o 52.42' West  57o 23.37' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 50,419 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A large upland area, with stands of native pinewood Pinus sylvestris that support rich lichen communities. This is an important area for raptors and other specialist montane and forest birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  2003  10 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica breeding  2007  unknown  A1, B2, C1, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Affric - Cannich Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest 17,073 protected area overlaps with site 4,454  
Glen Affric Site of Special Scientific Interest 2,229 protected area overlaps with site 1,338  
Glen Strathfarrar Site of Special Scientific Interest 4,030 protected area overlaps with site 2,892  
Liatrie Burn Site of Special Scientific Interest 90 protected area contained by site 90  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  minor
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  major
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  minor
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
hunting major
water management -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Glen Affric to Strathconon. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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