Hermaness, Saxa Vord and Valla Field

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 3,086 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 very high unfavourable low
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Site description (baseline)
The IBA is situated at the most northern tip of Britain, and comprises heathland, small nutrient-poor lochans and burns, and sea cliffs. Closely grazed species-rich maritime grassland occurs on the cliff-tops, with blanket bog and acid grassland vegetation communities also present. The site is important for breeding seabirds, divers, skuas and waders.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hermaness, Saxa Vord and Valla Field. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.