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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 18.71' West  55o 43.54' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,223 ha
Altitude 0 - 39m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description The IBA includes the rocky headland of Laggan Point, the broad, sandy sweep of Laggan Bay and adjacent Juncus-rich grassland. The site is important for wintering geese, which come from Eilean na Muice Duibh (UK135) to feed. Anser albifrons are the flavirostris subspecies, and 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  1994-1997  330 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C3  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1994-1997  2,760 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification 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

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Chough 3 0 breeding pairs 0 very 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium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)  
Laggan Peninsula Birds Directive 1,230 is identical to site 1,223  
Laggan Peninsula and Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,270 is identical to site 1,223  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Sand dunes and beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%
forestry 5%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Laggan Peninsula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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