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.
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.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include predation by introduced American mink Mustela vison, polecats M. putorius, ferrets M. putorius furo and hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus, and oil spills and pollution. Ongoing monitoring of Crex crex. The site is a candidate SPA.
National Partial International NoneIBA partly or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. Site of Special Scientific Interest: West Benbecula Lochs.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: West Coast of Benbecula. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 28/09/2020.