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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 6o 21.38' West  58o 13.93' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1
Area 1,780 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description An area of agricultural land situated to the east and north of Stornoway, important for Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2003  31 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Crex crex Corncrake 27 31 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tong Saltings Site of Special Scientific Interest 417 protected area overlaps with site 300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Shrubland Heathland  5%
Grassland   80%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
military 5%
urban/industrial/transport 15%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stornoway to Back, Lewis. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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