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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 31.16' West  58o 21.65' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 2,313 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Area of agricultural land on the north-west coast of the Isle of Lewis. The IBA is important for Crex crex, breeding waders and other upland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2003  49 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ness and Barvas, Lewis Birds Directive 649 protected area contained by site 649  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Shrubland Heathland  10%
Grassland   80%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  5%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: West Coast, Lewis (Corncrake). Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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