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River Spey - Insh Marshes


IBA Justification

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 at site IBA criteria triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1990-1995 135 individuals B3
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 1990-1995 1,120 individuals B1i, C3
Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica LC winter 2006 uncommon A1, B2, C1

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 low not assessed high
Was the whole site assessed? yes Condition (state) assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at the site (response)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented high
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
The Cairngorm Mountains National Scenic Area 65,539 protected area overlaps with site 0
River Spey - Insh Marshes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,159 protected area overlaps with site 1,155
River Spey - Insh Marshes Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,157 is identical to site 1,155
River Spey - Insh Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,157 protected area overlaps with site 1,155
River Spey Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,960 protected area is adjacent to site 0
River Spey Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 5,760 protected area contains site 0
River Feshie Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 601 protected area overlaps with site 0
Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve 695 protected area overlaps with site 594
Insh Marshes Nature Reserve 1,015 protected area overlaps with site 0
Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve 822 protected area overlaps with site 685
Insh Marshes Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,157 is identical to site 1,155
Cairngorms National Park 452,810 protected area contains site 1,155

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Spey - Insh Marshes. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/2586 on 11/06/2023.