Loch Eye

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, C3 (2007)
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Area: 204 ha

Protection status:

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 medium near favourable low
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Site description
Loch Eye is located between the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths in the Highland region of Scotland. It is a relatively large, shallow, nutrient-rich inland water body, and is the best example of a eutrophic lowland loch north of the Highland boundary fault. The loch and surrounding area supports a diverse range of plant communities. In winter, the loch is an important roosting site for internationally important numbers of waterbirds. The waterbirds using Loch Eye move on a regular basis between the loch and the nearby Dornoch and Cromarty Firths where there are abundant feeding opportunities, although the geese feed in surrounding areas of agricultural land outside the IBA

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch Eye. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.