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
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium favourable medium
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Site description
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 Areas factsheet: Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands. Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.