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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 7o 25.98' West  57o 2.66' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2
Area 143 ha
Altitude 0 - 102m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The site comprises the machair-covered isthmus of Eoligarry and low-lying islands. Intertidal cockleshell banks are abundant. Branta leucopsis are from the Greenland breeding population.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1988  384 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2003  32 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Crex crex Corncrake 40 32 breeding pairs 80 near favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  2%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Machair; Mesophile grasslands  50%
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Sand dunes and beaches; Shingle or stony beaches  33%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  5%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Eoligarry, Barra. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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