Loch Shin and nearby lochs

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 resident 1994 100 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica LC breeding 1991-1995 7 breeding pairs C6
Merlin Falco columbarius LC resident 1991-1995 9 breeding pairs C6
Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica LC breeding 2007 unknown A1, B2, C1

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 low not assessed negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Foinaven Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 21,083 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Cnoc an Alaskie Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 3,663 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 145,313 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Caithness And Sutherland Peatlands Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 143,561 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Caithness & Sutherland Peatlands Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 143,503 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Assynt - Coigach National Scenic Area 129,824 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation, Standing freshwater, Blanket bogs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch Shin and nearby lochs. Downloaded from on 14/08/2022.