IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC breeding 2003 6 breeding pairs B2, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 high not assessed negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
North-West Sutherland National Scenic Area 23,498 protected area overlaps with site 0
Loch Stack and River Laxford Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 767 protected area overlaps with site 0
Foinaven Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 14,854 protected area overlaps with site 10,030
Foinaven Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 14,955 protected area overlaps with site 10,030
Foinaven Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 21,083 is identical to site 21,082
Eriboll Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,781 protected area overlaps with site 433


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs, Fens, transition mires and springs, Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
Shrubland Heathland, Scrub -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Foinaven. Downloaded from on 02/04/2023.