Rinns of Islay

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 9,357 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 medium favourable medium
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Site description
A mosaic of natural and semi-natural habitats, exposed to the prevailing south-westerly weather and experiencing an oceanic climate. The site consists of low hills running down to a rocky coastline. The IBA supports breeding raptors and waders, and wintering geese which come from roosts in other Islay IBAs to feed in this area. Anser albifrons are the flavirostris subspecies, and Branta leucopsis are from the Greenland breeding population.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rinns of Islay. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.