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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 1o 17.08' West  60o 1.19' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1ii, B3, C3
Area 2,270 ha
Altitude 0 - 293m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A large block of moorland located to the south-west of Cunningsburgh, important for breeding skuas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  2002  215 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 very high favourable negligible
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Catharacta skua Great Skua 155 215 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  Unknown  Unknown  negligible 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sandwick and Clift Hills. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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