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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 5o 37.74' West  55o 30.64' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2, C3
Area 412 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The Kintyre Goose Roosts IBA is located on the Kintyre peninsula in south-west Scotland. The site comprises five hill lochs - Loch Garasdale, Loch an Fhraoich, Loch Lussa, Tangy Loch and Black Loch (north) - together with an area of grassland and heath at Rhunahaorine Point. The site supports an important population of Greenland Anser albifrons flavirostris. The geese roost on the site at night and fly to feed on nearby agricultural land outside the IBA during the day.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1993-1994  2,141 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration low

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kintyre Goose Lochs Site of Special Scientific Interest 286 protected area contained by site 286  
Kintyre Goose Roosts Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 311 protected area contained by site 311  
Rhunahaorine Point Site of Special Scientific Interest 326 protected area overlaps with site 102  
Tangy Loch Site of Special Scientific Interest 75 protected area overlaps with site 28  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Shingle or stony beaches  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kintyre Goose Roosts. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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