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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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Eoligarry, Barra Birds Directive 144 is identical to site 143  


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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eoligarry, Barra. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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