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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 15.44' West  55o 43.36' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 573 ha
Altitude 15 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The site is bounded by the Rivers Duich and Laggan and two roads, and comprises a relatively undisturbed expanse of patterned mire with scattered peaty pools and lochs. These include deep watershed pools, a feature normally associated with more northerly blanket mires. In some areas the vegetation is modified by the trampling and nutrient input of gulls. The IBA is important as a roost especially in winter, and as a night feeding area for Anser albifrons flavirostris. Branta leucopsis are from the Greenland breeding population.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1996  1,210 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C3, C6  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1990  1,530 individuals  good  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium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)  
Eilean Na Muice Duibhe Site of Special Scientific Interest 574 protected area contains site 573  
Eilean Na Muice Duibhe (duich Moss) National Nature Reserve 360 protected area contained by site 360  
Eilean Na Muice Duibhe (Duich Moss), Islay Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 576 is identical to site 573  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Eilean na Muice Duibh, Islay. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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