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Lochs of Harray and Stenness


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C3 (2007)
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Area: 1,779 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 very unfavourable low
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Site description
Run-off from a large part of Orkney's West Mainland enters the sea via these two lochs. The shallow freshwater Loch of Harray becomes brackish at the junction with the Loch of Stenness, which is entirely brackish and classed as a lagoon. The flora and fauna therefore consists of brackish, marine and freshwater species. The lochs support large numbers of wintering wildfowl. Anser anser are from the Icelandic breeding population.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lochs of Harray and Stenness. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/02/2020.