Otterswick and Graveland

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: B2 (2007)
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Area: 2,231 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 low not assessed low
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Site description
Otterswick and Graveland are located on the island of Yell, in Shetland. Otterswick lies to the south of Yell, whilst Graveland is a peninsula on the west coast of the island. Inland areas are dominated by blanket bog, with some stretches of dry heather moorland. The blanket bog is variable in quality, with considerable areas of eroded peat, especially on the eastern side of Otterswick. A band of maritime grassland extends along the coastal stretch of the Graveland peninsula. The site is important for breeding Gavia stellata.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Otterswick and Graveland. Downloaded from on 01/07/2022.