Kirkibost

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Kirkibost
Location
Kirkibost is located in Outer Hebrides
Kirkibost
Kirkibost
Kirkibost shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF758640
Names
Gaelic name Eilean Chirceboist
Area and summit
Area 205
Area rank 105=[1]
Highest elevation 7 m
Population
Population 0
Groupings
Island group Uists and Barra
Local Authority Outer Hebrides
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References [2][3][4]

Kirkibost is a low-lying island west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Southern tip of Kirkibost Island

Geography[edit]

Kirkibost, along with neighbouring Baleshare, is covered by a machair system of coastal plains covered with shell sand, part covered by grass, with some sand dunes, fens and peat. Together with Baleshare, it forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[5] The small islands of Eilean Mòr, Bior-eilean and Sròmaigh lie between Kirkibost and North Uist.[4]

Wildlife[edit]

The island is important for corncrakes, various wading birds and overwintering wildfowl.[5]

Economy[edit]

Kirkibost has been cultivated in the past, but is now used only for seasonal cattle grazing.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ NRS1C
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  4. ^ a b Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Scottish Natural Heritage (March 2002). "SSSI Management Statement: Baleshare & Kirkibost SSSI". Retrieved 2007-07-19. 

Coordinates: 57°33′30″N 7°25′15″W / 57.55833°N 7.42083°W / 57.55833; -7.42083