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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 3o 0.39' West  55o 42.51' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 9,812 ha
Altitude 170 - 659m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description One large and several smaller blocks of upland moorland to the north-east of Peebles. The IBA holds an assemblage of breeding upland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus breeding  1985-1986  66 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  Unknown  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Moorfoot Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest 8,723 protected area contained by site 8,723  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  40%
Grassland   40%
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Rivers and streams  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%
tourism/recreation 50%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Moorfoot Hills. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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