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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 0o 52.43' West  60o 43.96' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 1,600 ha
Altitude 20 - 120m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Heathland overlying magnesium silicate rocks, with areas of deep peat, wet flush and mire. Plant communities present include herb-rich sedge grass heath and also species-poor wet and dry heaths. The IBA holds a rich assemblage of breeding birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1994  23 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 
Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus breeding  2001  54 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hill Of Colvadale and Sobul Site of Special Scientific Interest 819 protected area contained by site 819  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hill of Colvadale and Sobul. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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