Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: B1i, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 2,520 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description (2000 baseline)
The IBA comprises pasture and arable farmland, and a loch situated about 4 km to the north-east.

First identified in 1989 as Machrihanish and Tangy Loch; Tangy Loch dropped in 1992. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
The site is also nationally important for wintering Mergus serrator (200 birds, 1992, 2%). Anser albifrons are the flavirostris subspecies.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Machrihanish. Downloaded from on 04/03/2024.