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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 

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stornoway to Back, Lewis. Downloaded from on 22/09/2014

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