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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
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC resident 1989 180 breeding pairs C6
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC resident 1995 10 breeding pairs B2, C6
Merlin Falco columbarius LC resident 1991-1995 10 breeding pairs C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC breeding 1989 8 breeding pairs C6

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 very high very 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
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Circus cyaneus 29 2 breeding pairs 7 very 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Ree Burn and Glenbuck Loch Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 8 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Lowther Uplands Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 7,843 protected area overlaps with site 7,833
Muirkirk Uplands Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 18,663 protected area overlaps with site 18,320
Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 26,346 is identical to site 26,224
Greenock Mains Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 9 protected area overlaps with site 0
Garpel Water Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 6 protected area overlaps with site 0
Blood Moss and Slot Burn Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 162 protected area contained by site 0
Birk Knowes Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 4 protected area overlaps with site 0
Airds Moss Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,360 protected area overlaps with site 0
Airds Moss Nature Reserve 452 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Blanket bogs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
forestry -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2020.