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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 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Loch of Inch and Torrs Warren Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,111 protected area contained by site 2,111  
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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Loch of Inch and Torrs Warren. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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