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Fair Isle


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 559 ha

Protection status:

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 very high unfavourable low
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Site description
An island of Old Red Sandstone situated halfway between the Shetland mainland and Orkney, which has been home to a bird observatory since 1947. Maritime grassland occurs around the coasts. The island supports large colonies of breeding seabirds and waterbirds, and is also important as a stop-over site for migrating birds.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fair Isle. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2017.