Central Highland Hills and Glens

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 230,248 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description
A massive area that extends from Ross and Cromarty in the north to the Affric-Cannich mountains in the south. Extensive stands of native pinewood Pinus sylvestris support rich lichen communities, and are interspersed with glens.

First identified in 1989; renamed in 1992 from Affric-Cannich Hills and Glens. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for raptors and other specialist montane and forest birds. The IBA is also nationally important for breeding Gavia arctica (4 pairs, 1991-1995, 3%).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Highland Hills and Glens. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.