Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B3, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 366 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 low favourable medium
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Site description
A sandstone island with precipitous cliffs located a short way off the west coast of Sutherland. The vegetation comprises submaritime grass and heathland, with more species-rich maritime heathland on the clifftops. Herb-rich grassland occurs in more sheltered areas. The island is of major importance for breeding seabirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Handa. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.