Gigha Island and Islets

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A large island and series of smaller islets, stacks and rocks, located to the west of Rhunahaorine Point.

First identified in 2000. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is important for breeding seabirds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (1 pair in 1995, although none present 1997-1998).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
A potential threat exists from American mink Mustela vison predation if they move from the mainland. There is therefore an urgent need to establish the breeding location of the large numbers of Cepphus grylle.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gigha Island and Islets. Downloaded from on 24/01/2021.