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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 4o 54.36' West  54o 50.90' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2, C3
Area 5,329 ha
Altitude 0 - 29m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Lochinch (also known as White Loch) is shallow and rich in nutrients. Torrs Warren lies to the south, at the head of Luce Bay, and is the largest acidic dune system in western Scotland, with a very varied dune morphology. The IBA is important for wintering geese.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1989-1994  630 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1989-1994  2,790 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Loch of Inch and Torrs Warren Birds Directive 2,111 protected area contained by site 2,111  
Loch of Inch and Torrs Warren Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,111 protected area contained by site 2,111  
Luce Bay and Sands Habitats Directive 48,754 protected area overlaps with site 1,965  
Torrs Warren - Luce Sands Site of Special Scientific Interest 2,409 protected area contained by site 2,409  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  minor
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches; Standing freshwater  major
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
forestry minor
military major
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch of Inch and Torrs Warren. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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