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Lochs of Spiggie and Brow


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1990-1995 135 individuals B3, C7

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 135 60 individuals 45 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning 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 Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Shetland National Scenic Area 41,817 protected area overlaps with site 0
Quendale Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 143 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lochs of Spiggie and Brow Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 141 protected area contained by site 141
Lochs of Spiggie and Brow Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 142 protected area overlaps with site 144
Loch of Spiggie RSPB Reserve 113 protected area contained by site 113
Loch Of Spiggie Nature Reserve 115 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lochs of Spiggie and Brow. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/08/2022.