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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 3o 3.61' West  59o 2.62' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 372 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A low-lying rocky coastline interspersed with sandy bays. The IBA is important for wintering waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  2007  1,357 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low near favourable negligible
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Tringa totanus Common Redshank 405 544 individuals 100 favourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 575 1357 individuals 100 favourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 655 578 individuals 89 near favourable
Calidris maritima Purple Sandpiper 89 211 individuals 100 favourable

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


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: North Mainland Coast. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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