Mointeach Scadabhaigh

IBA Justification

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 at site IBA criteria triggered
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata LC breeding 1994 51 breeding pairs B2, C2, C6
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica LC breeding 2001-2005 5 breeding pairs C6

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 low favourable low
Was the whole site assessed? yes Condition (state) assessed by population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
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

Condition of the site (state), by species
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Gavia arctica Arctic Loon 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at the site (response)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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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)
South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area 202,123 protected area overlaps with site 0
Mointeach Scadabhaigh Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,318 protected area contained by site 3,320
Mointeach Scadabhaigh Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,183 is identical to site 4,121
Mointeach Scadabhaigh Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 4,154 protected area overlaps with site 4,121
Loch nam Madadh Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Loch nam Madadh Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 301 protected area overlaps with site 0
Loch Nam Madadh Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,321 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub, Heathland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Blanket bogs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mointeach Scadabhaigh. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.