UK118
Canna and Sanday


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
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 1999 740 breeding pairs B3

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

For more information about the IBA criteria, please click here


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 very high near favourable high
Was the whole site assessed? yes Condition (state) assessed by population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Condition of the site (state), by species
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Gulosus aristotelis European Shag 980 740 breeding pairs 76 near favourable

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 comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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)
The Small Isles National Scenic Area 47,235 protected area contains site 0
Small Isles Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area 80,326 protected area overlaps with site 0
Small Isles Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 80,400 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rum Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rum Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 46,724 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Inner Hebrides and the Minches Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,380,199 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Canna and Sanday Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 6,568 protected area contains site 1,334
Canna and Sanday Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,343 protected area overlaps with site 1,334
Canna and Sanday Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Mesophile grasslands, Machair -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For further information about the IUCN habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
For further information about the land-use classification, please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Canna and Sanday. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/2648 on 05/06/2023.