Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 338 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description (2000 baseline)
A complex area consisting of the wooded Torr Alvie, which slopes down to the north to a series of lochs and marshes. The mainly Betula woodland also includes Populus, Sorbus, Pinus sylvestris and Juniperus, and one of the few pure Quercus stands in the middle Spey valley.

First identified in 1989 as Loch Alvie; renamed in 1992. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
The lochs and marshes are important for both breeding and wintering waterbirds. The site is also nationally important for breeding Turdus iliacus (2 pairs, 1989, 3%).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Alvie. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.