North Colonsay and Western Cliffs

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 971 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 medium favourable medium
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Site description (baseline)
An Inner Hebridean island group with high craggy cliffs, machair, sand-dunes, heathland and farmed areas. A herb-rich sward occurs under the influence of sea spray, whilst the mainly acidic underlying rock supports wet, dry and maritime heaths. The IBA is important for breeding seabirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: North Colonsay and Western Cliffs. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.