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Galloway Forest Park


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
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix LC resident 1995 120 males B2
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC resident 1995 10 breeding pairs B2, C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1995 19 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 medium
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 wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Talnotry Mine Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 8 protected area contained by site 0
Silver Flowe-Merrick Kells Biosphere Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 3,088 protected area overlaps with site 0
Silver Flowe Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 620 protected area contained by site 0
Merrick Kells Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 8,730 protected area overlaps with site 7,509
Merrick Kells Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 8,776 protected area overlaps with site 7,509
Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 768 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Loch Ken & River Dee Marshes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 769 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Loch Doon Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 822 protected area overlaps with site 0
Laughenghie and Airie Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 2,274 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Kenmure Holms Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 153 protected area overlaps with site 0
Glentrool Oakwoods Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 70 protected area contained by site 0
Galloway Oakwoods Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 354 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ellergower Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 34 protected area contained by site 0
Clatteringshaws Dam Quarry Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 10 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cairnsmore of Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 3,838 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve 1,882 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cairnbaber Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 36 protected area contained by site 0
Blackcraig Wood Nature Reserve 18 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Blanket bogs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
water management -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Galloway Forest Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2020.