SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh (Tiree Wetlands and Coast)

image: SPA location map 

 

The island of Tiree lies in the Inner Hebrides of western Scotland, 17 km west of Mull in Argyll and Bute. Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh (Tiree Wetlands and Coast) SPA consists of several areas of wetland, including habitats such as machair, heath and freshwater lochs, and extensive sections of the coastline, taking in the islet of Soa. The wetland areas support roost sites of significant numbers of wintering Greenland Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis, Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, as well as breeding Dunlin Calidris alpina schinzii and Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula in numbers of European importance. Also present in the wetland areas are exceptionally high densities of breeding Redshank Tringa totanus and Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus. The coastal sections support important wintering populations of Turnstone Arenaria interpres and the islet of Soa supports a large Barnacle Goose roost. 

 


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
 
Over winter;
 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis, 959 individuals representing at least 3.6% of the wintering population in Great Britain (winter peak mean)
 
Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, 783 individuals representing at least 5.6% of the wintering population in Great Britain (winter peak mean)
 
 
This site also qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:
 
During the breeding season;
 
Dunlin Calidris alpina schinzii, 125 pairs representing at least 1.1% of the breeding Baltic/UK/Ireland population (1994/5)
 
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus, 160 pairs representing <0.1% of the breeding Europe & Northern/Western Africa population (1994/5)
 
Redshank Tringa totanus, 140 pairs representing at least 0.2% of the breeding Eastern Atlantic - wintering population (1994/95)
 
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula, 160 pairs representing at least 1.0% of the breeding Europe/Northern Africa - wintering population (1998)
 
Over winter;
 
Turnstone Arenaria interpres, 700 individuals representing at least 1.0% of the wintering Western Palearctic - wintering population (mean 1995, 1998, & 1999 special surveys)

 


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