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Harbour porpoise candidate SAC

Following on from the public consultation led by Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Government have now confirmed that the Inner Hebrides and Minches candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) for harbour porpoise has been submitted to the European Commission.

The cSAC is the largest protected area in Europe for harbour porpoise and covers over 13,800 km2 and supports over 5000 individuals.

The protected area will help maintain the favourable conservation status of harbour porpoise by providing protection to them and the habitats that support them in Scottish waters.

Links to the consultation reports and responses are available:

Consultation report  PDF document

Consultation process report  PDF document

Consultation responses  Excel spreadsheet

Selection assessment document  PDF document



Please contact if you have any queries.


Harbour porpoise David Ainsley