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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 7o 38.52' West  56o 48.81' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B3, C3, C4
Area 905 ha
Altitude 0 - 273m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Two islands at the southern end of the Outer Hebridean chain, both with sheer cliffs. The vegetation present comprises maritime grassland, machair and heath. Four to five crofters farm the land. These islands are of major importancefor breeding seabirds waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Guillemot Uria aalge breeding  1998  32,470 individuals  good  B1ii, C3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1998  22,900 individuals  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1998  52,959 breeding pairs  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mingulay and Berneray Birds Directive 911 is identical to site 905  
Mingulay and Berneray Site of Special Scientific Interest 911 is identical to site 819  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Machair  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mingulay and Berneray. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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