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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 31.58' West  57o 3.58' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 1,334 ha
Altitude 0 - 210m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Two islands and associated islets and stacks, to the north-west of the much larger island of Rum. They support a variety of grassland habitats along with species-rich maritime heathland and machair-type calcareous grassland. The IBA holds important seabird colonies.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1999  740 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Canna and Sanday Birds Directive 1,341 is identical to site 1,334  
Canna and Sanday Site of Special Scientific Interest 1,356 is identical to site 1,334  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Machair; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Canna and Sanday. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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