Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 145,516 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable medium medium
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Site description (2007 baseline)
The largest and most intact area of blanket bog in Scotland, lying across Caithness and Sutherland. Human activities include commercial peat extraction. The IBA is of outstanding international importance for breeding divers, waders and raptors. It is also nationally important for breeding wildfowl.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.