Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 11,476 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 very high near favourable low
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Site description
The IBA covers a large part of the high island of Hoy, with Old Red Sandstone cliffs on the west coast reaching 338 m. These include the famous 137 m high rock stack, the Old Man of Hoy. The site includes Orkney's only remaining piece of relict deciduous woodland, and lichen and bryophyte-rich heaths. The site is important for breeding seabirds, raptors and waders.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hoy. Downloaded from on 02/02/2023.