Caithness Lochs

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 1,372 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 unfavourable medium
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Site description
A series of lochs spread over a wide area in north-east Caithness, and situated roughly in the triangle formed by Wick, Duncansby Head and Thurso. The lochs are rich to moderately rich in nutrients, and support a diverse aquatic flora. A mire system has developed along the old course of the River Forss. The IBA is important for both breeding and wintering waterbirds. Anser albifrons are the flavirostris subspecies, and Anser anser are from the Icelandic breeding population.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Caithness Lochs. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.