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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 3o 21.08' West  59o 6.43' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 9 ha
Altitude 0 - 76m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A short section of eroded sandstone cliffs and associated maritime grassland on the west coast of Orkney Mainland, important for breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  2004  10,476 individuals  good  C7  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Marwick Head Birds Directive 9 is identical to site 9  
Marwick Head RSPB Reserve 10 protected area overlaps with site 5  
Marwick Head Site of Special Scientific Interest 9 is identical to site 9  

Habitats

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

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: Marwick Head. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/07/2014

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