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2016-17 Marine bird pSPAs consultation (additional proposals) - consultation closed

This public consultation on all of the proposals to designate a suite of proposed Special Protection Areas (pSPAs) is now closed

The aim is to protect some of Britain's most important coastal and offshore waters for marine birds.  Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC external site ) and Natural England external site  (NE) have carried out this consultation on behalf of Scottish and UK Governments.

The consultation for the following five pSPAs closed at midnight on Tuesday 17th January 2017:

Outer Firth of Forth and St Andrews Bay Complex; Pentland Firth; Seas off Foula; Seas off St Kilda; Solway Firth.

The consultation for the following ten sites closed at midnight on Monday 3rd October 2016:

Bluemull and Colgrave Sounds; Coll and Tiree; East Mainland Coast; Moray Firth; North Orkney; Rum; Scapa Flow; Sound of Gigha; West Coast of the Outer Hebrides; Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch.


If you have any questions about the proposed marine bird SPAs please contact us by email, phone or post as below:


Phone: 01463 725025

Post:  Marine SPA Consultation, Scottish Natural Heritage, Great Glen House, Inverness, IV3 8NW.

SNH is coordinating the collection of responses to the closed marine bird SPA consultations. SNH, JNCC and NE will work closely together when considering consultation submissions.

Drop-in events

A series of drop-in events were held around Scotland between August and December 2016. A full list of these events is available: proposals 2016  PDF document  and additional proposals 2016-17  PDF document .


Location of the marine proposed SPAs

Overview of proposed marine SPAs. Copyright SNH.

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