Rinns of Islay

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Rinns of Islay

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    3,571 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    55°48'N 06°25'W
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Rinns of Islay. 25/04/90; Scotland; 3,571 ha; 55°51'N 006°23'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive, SSSI. A mosaic of natural and semi-natural habitats including bog, moorland, blanket mires, dune and maritime grasslands, and farmland. The site supports a peatland flora of exceptional interest that includes several nationally scarce wetland species. An important staging area for internationally important numbers of Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis and redshank Tringa totanus, and nationally important numbers of Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula and sanderling Calidris alba. The site supports a diverse assemblage of breeding waders and internationally important numbers of wintering geese Anser albifrons flavirostris. Human activities include livestock grazing, recreation, fishing, and hunting. Extended on 27/11/95 to include former Ramsar Sites Feur Lochain and Glac na Criche. Ramsar site no. 466. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • esa
    • ncr
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)