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North Harris Mountains


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC resident 2003 7 breeding pairs B2, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable medium low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 6 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area 202,123 protected area contains site 0
North Harris Mountains Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 13,128 protected area contained by site 13,134
North Harris Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 13,129 protected area contained by site 12,921
North Harris Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 13,120 protected area contained by site 13,132
Langavat Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,471 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland, Scrub -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Rivers and streams, Blanket bogs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: North Harris Mountains. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/north-harris-mountains-iba-united-kingdom on 23/02/2024.