Glen App and Galloway Moors

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: B2, C6 (2007)
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Area: 8,902 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 high favourable medium
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Site description
Glen App – Galloway Moors is located in south-west Scotland. It comprises a large upland area that extends north from Castle Kennedy, in Dumfries and Galloway, to Ballantrae in South Ayrshire. The area is mainly covered by heather moorland and rough grassland. The moorlands are generally degraded and grassy, and show the consequences of a long history of management for sheep and Lagopus lagopus scoticus. In some areas, agricultural intensification has resulted in the creation of semi-improved grassland, often with an abundance of rushes Juncus spp. The site supports a diverse range of upland birds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Glen App and Galloway Moors. Downloaded from on 28/09/2022.