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
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 very unfavourable low low
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Site description (2007 baseline)
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 Area factsheet: Caithness Cliffs. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.