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Lewis Peatlands


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
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata LC breeding 1995 80 breeding pairs B2, C6
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica LC breeding 1995 12 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC resident 2004 1,602 breeding pairs B3, C6
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC breeding 2004 4,386 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC resident 2003 7 breeding pairs B2, C6
Merlin Falco columbarius LC resident 2004 29 breeding pairs 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 medium near favourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Gavia stellata Red-throated Loon 57 80 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Gavia arctica Arctic Loon 12 10 breeding pairs 84 near favourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 1800 1602 breeding pairs 89 near favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 3650 4386 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 6 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Falco columbarius Merlin 20 29 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun 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)
South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area 202,123 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Loch Scarrasdale Valley Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 218 protected area contained by site 0
Loch nan Eilean Valley Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 32 protected area contained by site 0
Loch Laxavat Ard and Loch Laxavat Iorach Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 271 protected area contained by site 0
Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 58,960 is identical to site 58,634
Lewis Peatlands Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 27,955 protected area contained by site 27,946
Lewis Peatlands Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 58,984 is identical to site 58,634
Langavat Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,471 protected area overlaps with site 0
Achmore Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 297 protected area contained by site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland, Scrub -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs, Standing freshwater, Blanket bogs -
Coastline Scree and boulders -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lewis Peatlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/09/2020.