Loch of Strathbeg

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 613 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 low very unfavourable high
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Site description
The Loch of Strathbeg is the largest dune-lake in Britain (an area of 200 ha), and is situated inland from Rattray Head, the north-eastern point of the Buchan coast. The IBA also covers surrounding calcareous dunes and dune-slacks. Itis important for wintering wildfowl and waterbirds, and for breeding terns.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch of Strathbeg. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.