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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 5o 55.76' West  56o 22.46' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 29,249 ha
Altitude 0 - 966m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A very large upland block that covers the main part of the island of Mull, important for breeding upland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  2003  15 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 15 15 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ardmeanach Site of Special Scientific Interest 3,257 protected area overlaps with site 3,095  
Ben More - Scarisdale Site of Special Scientific Interest 4,123 protected area overlaps with site 3,934  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  minor
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  major
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  major
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Fens, transition mires and springs  minor
Coastline Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  minor
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  minor

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cnuic Agus Cladach Mhuile. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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