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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 2o 53.85' West  59o 2.57' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 33 ha
Altitude 15 m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description An artificial water-body now largely choked by encroaching vegetation, with open water appearing mainly after heavy rains.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta resident  2007  2 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1990-1995  60 individuals  good  C7  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Anas acuta Northern Pintail 4 2 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mill Dam RSPB Reserve 16 protected area contained by site 16  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mill Dam, Shapinsay. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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