Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2000)
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Area: 5,951 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 high not assessed medium
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Site description
A wide variety of habitats are supported by these hills, with their many crags and steep rocky slopes. Dwarf shrub communities predominate, although small areas of herb-rich communities do occur. The IBA is also notable for its high-altitude bog and lichen-rich communities, and snow-bed vegetation. Base-rich flushes increase the plant diversity despite grazing by deer and sheep. The site is important for upland breeding birds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Caenlochan. Downloaded from on 02/02/2023.