SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Laggan, Islay

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Laggan is located on the Hebridean island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland. The Laggan Peninsula is situated on the eastern shore of Loch Indaal, a sea loch, and comprises the rocky headland of Laggan Point and the land backing Laggan Point and Laggan Bay. The bay is an 11-kilometre long sandy sweep open to the Atlantic. This is backed by a rare and uninterrupted habitat transition from sand dunes and intertidal rocky shore habitats through acidic dune grassland, coastal heath and ultimately to blanket bog. The blanket bog is used as a roost by wintering Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris. Intensively managed farmland on the site is an important feeding area for wintering Greenland Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis. Goose using this site as a feeding area also use roosts elsewhere (including Bridgend Flats SPA for Greenland Barnacle Goose and Eilean na Muice Duibhe SPA for Greenland White-fronted Goose). 

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, 1,800 individuals representing at least 6.7% of the wintering population in Great Britain (Count as at mid 1990s)
Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, 300 individuals representing at least 2.1% of the wintering population in Great Britain (Count as at mid 1990s)



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