West Coast of Benbecula

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 233,300 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description (baseline)
The IBA includes machair, lochs and shoreline habitats on the island of Benbecula.

First identified in 2000. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
Both Charadrius hiaticula (390 birds, 1991-1996, >1%) and Podiceps auritus (4 birds, 1%) winter in nationally important numbers, whilst Calidris alba (350 birds, 1991-1996, >1%) stop over on passage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: West Coast of Benbecula. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.