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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 1o 25.00' West  60o 33.64' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1ii, B2, B3, C3, C6
Area 7,545 ha
Altitude 0 - 450m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description This site contains some of the highest quality blanket bog in Shetland, in addition to many pools and acid lochans, some with small islands. The important tree and scrub cover comprises Betula, Sorbus, Salix and Juniperus, and numerous Arctic-alpine species characterize the flora and invertebrate fauna. The IBA holds an important assemblage of breeding moorland birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata breeding  1994  66 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Merlin Falco columbarius breeding  1994  9 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  2002  249 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 very high favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Catharacta skua Great Skua 165 249 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  Unknown  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ronas Hill - North Roe Site of Special Scientific Interest 4,907 protected area contained by site 4,907  
Ronas Hill - North Roe and Tingon Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,470 protected area contained by site 5,470  
Tingon Site of Special Scientific Interest 584 protected area contained by site 584  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ronas Hill - North Roe and Tingon. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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