SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Coll

image: SPA location map 

 

The island of Coll lies in the Inner Hebrides of western Scotland, north-west of Mull in Argyll and Bute. The SPA comprises an extensive area of maritime heath, blanket mire and open water in north-east Coll and the small islands of Gunna and Soy Gunna off the south-west coast. The site supports internationally important numbers of Greenland Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis and Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, both of which roost within the site. The feeding areas of both goose species lie outside the SPA in other localities of Coll and Tiree. 

 


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, 1,029 individuals representing at least 3.8% of the wintering population in Great Britain (winter peak means)
 
Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, 789 individuals representing at least 5.6% of the wintering population in Great Britain (winter peak means)

 


Note:

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Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.