Eilean na Muice Duibhe

Eilean na Muice Duibhe, also known as Duich Moss, is an area of low-level blanket mire on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland. Located south of the town of Bowmore and with an area of 576 hectares, the area has been protected as a Ramsar Site since 1988.[2]

The site includes an unusual transition from blanket bog to raised mire habitats. It supports an internationally important population of white-fronted geese, with 2% of the Greenland population overwintering at the site. Breeding birds include the common redshank, red-throated loon and hen harrier.[3]

As well as being recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention[2], Eilean na Muice Duibhe has also been designated a Special Protection Area.[1]

Eilean na Muice Duibhe
Duich Moss
LocationIslay, Scotland
Nearest cityBowmore
Coordinates55°43′20″N 6°15′20″W / 55.722222°N 6.255556°WCoordinates: 55°43′20″N 6°15′20″W / 55.722222°N 6.255556°W
Area5.76 km2 (2.22 sq mi)[1]
Governing bodyScottish Natural Heritage (SNH)


  1. ^ a b "Eilean na Muice Duibhe (Duich Moss), Islay". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Eilean Na Muice Duibhe". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
List of Ramsar sites in Scotland

This list includes all Ramsar sites in Scotland. Ramsar sites are internationally recognised wetland sites, protected under the terms of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which was developed and adopted by participating nations at a meeting in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971. At the end of 2010, 160 states were contracting parties to the Convention, and the worldwide total of sites was 1,920. The United Kingdom was one of 18 original signatories to the Convention, and has since designated 168 Ramsar sites. 51 of these sites are within Scotland, including one site, the Upper Solway Flats and Marshes, which covers parts of both Scotland and England in the Solway Firth. The total area of all Ramsar sites in Scotland is approximately 313,500 hectares (775,000 acres). All of Scotland's Ramsar sites form part of the European Natura 2000 network as either Special Protection Areas or Special Areas of Conservation, and many sites are further protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest under UK legislation.

List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance

This is the List of Wetlands of International Importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. As of 2019 there are 2,341 Ramsar Sites, covering 252,479,417 hectares.

The Convention establishes that "wetlands should be selected for the list on account of their international significance in terms of ecology, botany, zoology, limnology or hydrology." Over the years, the Conference of the Contracting Parties has adopted more specific criteria interpreting the Convention text.

The complete list of Wetlands of International Importance is accessible from the Ramsar website.

List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Islay and Jura

The following is a list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the Islay and Jura Area of Search. For other areas, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

Ardmore, Kildalton and Callumkill Woodlands

Beinn Shiantaidh

Bridgend Flats

Craighouse Ravine Jura

Doire Dhonn

Eilean Na Muice Duibhe

Feur Lochain - Moine nam Faoileann


Glac Na Criche

Gruinart Flats


Laggan Peninsula and Bay

Loch Fada

Loch Tallant

North Colonsay


Rinns of Islay

Rubha A Mhail to Uamhannan Donna Coast

West Coast of Jura

West Colonsay Seabird Cliffs

List of Special Areas of Conservation in Scotland

The following is a list of Special Areas of Conservation in Scotland.

Abhainn Clais An Eas and Allt a`Mhuilinn


Airds Moss


Amat Woods

Ardgour Pinewoods


Ardnamurchan Burns

Ardvar and Loch a`Mhuilinn Woodlands

Ascrib, Isay and Dunvegan


Bankhead Moss, Beith

Barry Links

Beinn a' Ghlò

Beinn Bhàn

Beinn Dearg

Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h`Uamha

Ben Alder and Aonach Beag

Beinn Heasgarnich

Ben Lawers

Ben Lui

Ben Nevis

Ben Wyvis

Berriedale and Langwell Waters

Berwickshire (and North Northumberland Coast in England)

Black Loch Moss

Black Wood of Rannoch

Blawhorn Moss

Borders Woods

Braehead Moss

Broubster Leans

Buchan Ness to Collieston

Burrow Head



Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands

Cape Wrath

Carn nan Tri-Tighearnan

Carsegowan Moss

Cawdor Wood

Claish Moss and Kentra Moss

Clyde Valley Woods

Coalburn Moss

Cockinhead Moss

Coille Mhór

Coladoir Bog

Coll Machair

Conon Islands

Coyles of Muick


Craighall Gorge

Cranley Moss

Creag Meagaidh

Creag nan Gamhainn

Crieff Woods

Culbin Bar

Dam Wood

Dinnet Oakwood

Dogden Moss

Dornoch Firth and Morrich More

Drumochter Hills

Dun Moss and Forest of Alyth Mires

Dunkeld – Blairgowrie Lochs


Dykeneuk Moss

East Caithness Cliffs

East Mires and Lumbister

Eilean na Muice Duibhe

Eileanan agus Sgeiran Lios mór

Endrick Water

Fair Isle

Fannich Hills

Faray and Holm of Faray

Feur Lochain

Firth of Lorn

Firth of Tay & Eden Estuary

Flanders Mosses

Flow of Dergoals


Galloway Oakwoods

Glac na Criche

Glen Beasdale

Glen Coe

Glen Creran Woods

Glen Shira

Glen Tanar

Glenartney Juniper Wood

Green Hill of Strathdon


Hill of Towanreef



Insh Marshes

Inverasdale Peatlands



Isle of May

Keen of Hamar


Kilhern Moss

Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills

Kinveachy Forest

Kippenrait Glen

Kirkcowan Flow

Ladder Hills


Ledmore Wood

Lendalfoot Hills Complex

Lewis Peatlands

Lismore Lochs

Little Gruinard River

Loch a`Phuill

Loch Achnacloich

Loch Creran

Loch Etive Woods

Loch Fada

Loch Laxford

Loch Lomond Woods

Loch Maree Complex

Loch Moidart and Loch Shiel Woods

Loch nam Madadh

Loch of Isbister

Loch of Stenness

Loch of Wester

Loch Roag Lagoons

Loch Ruthven

Loch Ussie

Loch Watten

Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh Reefs

Lower Findhorn Woods

Lower River Spey – Spey Bay

Luce Bay and Sands

Meall na Samhna

Merrick Kells

Methven Moss

Mingarry Burn

Mochrum Lochs

Moffat Hills

Moidach More

Mòine Mhór

Mointeach nan Lochain Dubha

Mointeach Scadabhaigh

Monach Islands

Monadh Mor


Moniack Gorge

Moorfoot Hills

Moray Firth

Morrone Birkwood

Mortlach Moss

Morven and Mullachdubh

Morvern Woods

Mound Alderwoods


Muir of Dinnet

Mull Oakwoods

Mull of Galloway

Ness Woods

North Fetlar

North Harris

North Rona

North Shotts Moss

North Uist Machair

Obain Loch Euphoirt

Oldshoremore and Sandwood

Onich to North Ballachulish Woods


Papa Stour

Peeswit Moss

Pitkeathly Mires

Pitmaduthy Moss

Raeburn Flow

Rannoch Moor


Red Moss of Netherley

Red Moss, Oldtown

Reidside Moss

Rhidorroch Woods

Rigg – Bile

Rinns of Islay

River Bladnoch

River Borgie

River Dee

River Evelix

River Kerry

River Moidart

River Moriston

River Naver

River Oykel

River South Esk

River Spey

River Tay

River Teith

River Thurso

River Tweed

Ronas Hill – North Roe


Sanday, Orkney

Sands of Forvie


Shingle Islands

Sligachan Peatlands


Solway Firth

Solway Mosses North

Sound of Arisaig (Loch Ailort to Loch Ceann Traigh)

South Uist Machair

South-East Islay Skerries

St Abb's Head to Fast Castle

St Kilda


Strathglass Complex

Strathy Point

Stromness Heaths and Coast

Sullom Voe


Tarbert Woods

Taynish and Knapdale Woods

Tayvallich Juniper and Coast

The Maim

The Vadills

Threepwood Moss


Tiree Machair

Tràigh na Berie

Treshnish Isles

Trossachs Woods

Trotternish Ridge

Tulach Hill and Glen Fender Meadows

Turclossie Moss

Turflundie Wood

Tynron Juniper Wood

Upper Nithsdale Woods

Urquhart Bay Wood

Waukenwae Moss

West Fannyside Moss

Whitlaw and Branxholme

Yell Sound Coast

List of Special Protection Areas in Scotland

List of Special Protection Areas in Scotland is a list of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in Scotland.

National nature reserve (Scotland)

The national nature reserves (NNRs) of Scotland are areas of land or water designated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as containing habitats and species of national importance. National nature reserves can be owned by public, private, community or voluntary organisations but must be managed to conserve their important habitats and species, as well as providing opportunities for the public to enjoy and engage with nature. There are currently 43 NNRs in Scotland, which cover 154,250 hectares (1,542.5 km2), or less than 1.5% of the land area of Scotland. They range in size from Corrieshalloch Gorge at 7 ha to Mar Lodge Estate, which covers 29,324 ha.National nature reserve status is an accolade awarded to the best nature reserves in Scotland, and the selected sites provide examples of nationally or internationally important species and habitats. NNRs are intended to showcase Scotland's nature, and as well as being well managed for wildlife they must be managed to provide opportunities for the public to visit and enjoy them. NNRs therefore generally have facilities such as visitor centres and trails to allow visitors to explore and understand the habitats or wildlife they contain.Most NNRs in Scotland are also designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Many also form part of the Natura 2000 network, which covers Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation. Additionally, some of the NNRs are designated as Ramsar sites.

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