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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 1o 14.47' West  60o 15.22' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 2,719 ha
Altitude 10 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The IBA comprises stretches of blanket bog, with lochans, in addition to a variety of other habitats including wet and dry heaths and mires, acid grassland and areas of marsh. The site supports a suite of breeding moorland birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1992  93 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 
Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus breeding  2002  24 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 very high unfavourable negligible
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Stercorarius parasiticus Arctic Jaeger 43 24 breeding pairs 56 unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  Unknown  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Moorland Areas, Central Shetland. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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