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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 6.61' West  57o 15.02' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 29,490 ha
Altitude 0 - 993m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A series of mountain peaks and associated river valleys in the southern half of the Isle of Skye, important for breeding upland bird species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  2003  8 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cuillins Birds Directive 29,490 is identical to site 29,326  
Cuillins Site of Special Scientific Interest 10,916 protected area contained by site 10,916  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  minor
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  major
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  minor
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Rivers and streams  minor
Coastline Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cuillins. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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