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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 4o 26.43' West  55o 52.70' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3, C2, C6
Area 56 ha
Altitude 3 - 29m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A small site situated along the Black Cart River in Renfrewshire. The IBA is important for wintering Cygnus cygnus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  2001-2006  158 individuals  good  B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low unfavourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors flight paths likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 260 158 individuals 61 unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Black Cart Site of Special Scientific Interest 56 is identical to site 56  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%
water management 5%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Black Cart. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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