Loch of Skene

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 2001-2006 1,107 individuals B1i, C3
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC winter 2001-2006 2,563 individuals B1i, C3
Mew Gull Larus canus LC winter 1992 45,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium very unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 265 21 individuals 8 very unfavourable
Anser anser Greylag Goose 12200 1107 individuals 10 very unfavourable
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 80 2563 individuals 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Loch of Skene Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 122 protected area overlaps with site 120
Loch of Skene Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 122 is identical to site 120
Loch of Skene Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 121 protected area overlaps with site 120


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch of Skene. Downloaded from on 27/11/2020.