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Rinns of Islay


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
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 1994-1997 3,640 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1994-1997 2,590 individuals B1i, C2, C3, C6
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax LC resident 2002 26 breeding pairs B2, C6

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 favourable 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
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
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Chough 21 26 breeding pairs 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium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)
Smaull Farm Nature Reserve 364 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rinns of Islay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 3,571 protected area overlaps with site 3,587
Rinns Of Islay Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,085 protected area contained by site 1,088
Rinns of Islay Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 8,792 protected area overlaps with site 8,312
Rinns of Islay Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 9,434 is identical to site 9,357
Loch Gruinart/Ardnave RSPB Reserve 2,780 protected area overlaps with site 673
Loch Gruinart & Ardnave Nature Reserve 2,781 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gruinart Flats; Islay Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,256 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gruinart Flats, Islay Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gruinart Flats, Islay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 3,261 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gruinart Flats Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 3,262 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Glac na Criche Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 265 protected area overlaps with site 0
Glac Na Criche Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 263 protected area overlaps with site 0
Feur Lochain - Moine nam Faoileann Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 377 protected area contained by site 0
Feur Lochain Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 376 protected area contained by site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Machair -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Blanket bogs -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rinns of Islay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/09/2020.