Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) submitted scientific advice to the Scottish Government in July 2014 for 14 draft Special Protection Areas (SPA) for the protection of species such as the red-throated diver, little tern and northern gannet. Some of the sites are extensions of existing SPAs whilst others are completely new sites.
Marine Scotland hosted a national SPA workshop, attended by a wide range of environmental, scientific, academic, industry and local authority interests. It was led by SNH and JNCC to discuss the scientific case for the potential classification of the draft SPAs in Scottish waters, and was held in Edinburgh on 08 and 09 March 2016.
The first day of the workshop explored the science behind the proposals, including site selection principles and boundary setting. Break-out sessions focused on clarifying the conservation objectives and management options for the sites on the second day.
The workshop guide, including the agenda for the two days, and links to the supplementary documents, can be found below.
The following documents can be found separately:
UPDATE - the report from the workshop can now be found below.