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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 5o 41.00' West  56o 48.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 20,600 ha
Altitude 10 - 882m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description This site comprises Loch Shiel, Claish Moss and a large upland block to the north-west. Habitats present include nutrient-poor lochs, raised mires, upland moorland, and small remnants of ancient semi-natural acidic oak Quercus forest along some of the loch sides and lower glens.

Key Biodiversity The wet areas and lochs support breeding waterbirds and wintering wildfowl, whilst the upland blocks are important for breeding raptors and other species. The site is also nationally important for breeding Gavia arctica (3 pairs, 1996, 2%).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1992  8 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Claish Moss National Nature Reserve 563 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Claish Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest 563 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Claish Moss Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 568 protected area contained by site 563  
Loch Moidart Site of Special Scientific Interest 799 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Loch Shiel Site of Special Scientific Interest 3,374 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Lochailort Site of Special Scientific Interest 5 protected area contained by site 5  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International LowIBA partly or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Nature Reserve: Claish Moss. Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Claish Moss, Loch Moidart, Loch Shiel, Lochailort. Overlaps with international designated areas: 563 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Claish Moss, 563 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rois-Bheinn. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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