UK138
Fair Isle


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 559 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 unfavourable very high low
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Site description (2007 baseline)
An island of Old Red Sandstone situated halfway between the Shetland mainland and Orkney, which has been home to a bird observatory since 1947. Maritime grassland occurs around the coasts. The island supports large colonies of breeding seabirds and waterbirds, and is also important as a stop-over site for migrating birds.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Fair Isle. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/fair-isle-iba-united-kingdom on 27/02/2024.