Caithness Cliffs

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 996 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 low very unfavourable low
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Site description
The IBA comprises sections of cliff-lined coast at Dunnet Head, Duncansby Head to Skirza Head, and Wick to Helmsdale. Patches of species-rich maritime heath occur, giving way to acidic heath further inland. These cliffs support breeding seabirds and waterbirds.

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