South Uist Machair and Lochs

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 8,900 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description
A coastal strip of typical wet and dry machair, containing both large and small shallow lochs.

First identified in 1989; the following sites were combined in 1992: Iochdair and Geirinish Machair and Loch Bee; Machair Lochs (inc Lochs Hallan and Kilpheder, South Uist); No Meadhoinean Iar (inc Loch Druidibeg); Bagh Nam Foailean to Ardivachar. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
The IBA also holds a rich assemblage of breeding and wintering birds. It is also nationally important for wintering Calidris maritima (310 birds, 1993-1995, 1%). Anser anser are from the Hebridean population.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Uist Machair and Lochs. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.