Loch of Lintrathen

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC passage 2001-2006 2,856 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC winter 2001-2006 2,987 individuals A4i, B1i, C3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 very unfavourable low medium
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Anser anser Greylag Goose 3610 319 individuals 9 very unfavourable
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 250 2987 individuals 100 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Not assessed medium
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Loch of Lintrathen (SWT) Reserve 252 protected area contains site 186
Loch of Lintrathen Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 186 protected area overlaps with site 186
Loch of Lintrathen Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 186 is identical to site 186
Loch of Lintrathen Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 217 protected area overlaps with site 186
Loch of Lintrathen Nature Reserve 230 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Loch of Lintrathen. Downloaded from on 10/12/2023.