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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 5o 34.88' West  55o 16.84' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 196 ha
Altitude 0 - 123m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A grassy island with cliffs and associated islets, important for breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1999  500 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1999  2,910 individuals  good  B3  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low near favourable low
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

Phalacrocorax aristotelis European Shag 690 500 breeding pairs 73 near favourable
Alca torda Razorbill 3239 2910 individuals 90 near favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sanda Islands Site of Special Scientific Interest 83 protected area contained by site 83  


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

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sanda Island. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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