UK177
Loch of Isbister


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2007)
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Area: 148 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 unfavourable low
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Site description
This site includes both the nutrient-enriched Loch of Isbister and basin mire separated from the loch by low ridges of glacial till. Open water transitional plant communities and bog habitats support a very rich assemblage of wetland plants. A reedbed (Phragmites) is also present. The IBA is important for both breeding and wintering wildfowl.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch of Isbister. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/10/2020.