SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Eilean na Muice Duibhe (Duich Moss), Islay

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Eilean na Muice Duibhe is located on the Hebridean island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland. It is a patterned mire (peatland with extensive pool systems) occurring at the south-western limit of the distribution of this peatland habitat in the UK. The diverse nature of the peatland habitat includes hummocks, ridges and deep watershed pools as well as an unusual transition from blanket bog to raised mire habitats. Eilean na Muice Duibhe is one of the largest single roost sites in the UK for Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris. The main feeding grounds for these birds are on surrounding agricultural areas although significant feeding also occurs on the roost site. 


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;
Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, 1,300 individuals representing at least 9.3% of the wintering population in Great Britain (Count as at 1984)



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