Islay – more than whisky
Well known for its famous distilleries, Islay is the southernmost Island of the Inner Hebrides. Covering an area of 600 km² it has less than 3.000 permanent inhabitants.
Due to its complex geology and topography and a long history of pastoral-based farming, a wide variety of important habitat types are to be found: e.g. coastal grasslands, blanket bog, wet and dry heaths, sand dunes and machair. These habitats, both individually and in combination, provide unique conditions for a very wide range of plants, invertebrates, reptiles, mammals and birds.