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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 2o 11.97' West  56o 55.07' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1ii, B3, C3, C4
Area 10 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The IBA covers sheer cliffs on the east coast of Grampian region, and associated species-poor cliff-top grassland. 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
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  1999-2001  66,453 individuals  good  B1ii, C3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1999-2001  6,818 individuals  good  B1ii, B3, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1999-2001  49,788 breeding pairs  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1999-2001  24,161 breeding pairs  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fowlsheugh Birds Directive 10 is identical to site 10  
Fowlsheugh RSPB Reserve 10 is identical to site 10  
Fowlsheugh Site of Special Scientific Interest 8 is identical to site 8  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   10%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  90%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fowlsheugh. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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