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Where can I find SPAs in Scotland?

There are 153 classified Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in Scotland, including Upper Solway Flats and Marshes, part of which lies in England. Together they cover an area of well over a million hectares, or about 5,000 square miles. 

The smaller sites cover just a few hectares but these cliffs and lochs are critical for nesting seabirds and roosting geese.  The smallest SPA of all is Imperial Dock Lock in the heart of Edinburgh's Leith district.  The site covers only around 1,000 square metres, but despite its size and rather surprising location, it is home to one of the biggest common tern colonies in the UK.  At the other end of the scale, the vast peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland and the Isle of Lewis provide a haven for important populations of many different species including birds of prey and waders.

* Based on the most recent review of the SPA network published in 2001.



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