UK114
Cairngorms


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 50,688 ha

Protection status:

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 medium favourable low
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Site description
An area of massive summits, cut into separate areas by steep-sided glacial troughs.

First identified in 1989; boundary adjusted to match SPA in 2007. 2000 area, 49,113ha. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
This site is very important for a range of breeding birds associated with montane plateaus and pinewoods Pinus sylvestris. The site is also nationally important for breeding Bucephala clangula (5 pairs, 1989, 5%), Lagopus mutus (1,500 pairs, 1990, 15%) and Plectrophenax nivalis (40 pairs, 1990, 40%).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cairngorms. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/12/2019.