SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Bridgend Flats, Islay

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Bridgend Flats are located on the Hebridean island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland. The site lies in a sheltered location at the head of Loch Indaal and comprises natural saltmarsh and intertidal sand and mud-flats. The flats are used as a roosting site for overwintering geese that feed during the day outside the SPA on surrounding areas of farmland as well as in other wetland habitats. 


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, 6,700 individuals representing at least 24.8% of the wintering population in Great Britain 



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