Marine Protected Area Network - 2018 Report to the Scottish Parliament

A report to Parliament on progress being made in

implementing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network.

Annex 2: Administrative changes to the MPA network

This annex lists the administrative changes to the MPA network caused by updating the counting methodology, clarifying overlap with the marine area, and in the case of Ramsar sites completing assessment of their potential inclusion. This does not affect the protection status of any site named in the tables, and does not include the sites in Annex 1.

Table 2.1: Sites now counted in the MPA network

Site type




[count 10]

Rum; Taynish and Knapdale; Durness; Hascosay; Glen Beasedale; Inverpolly; Kinloch and Kyleaking Hills; Mull Oakwoods; Ardvar and Loch a' Mhuilinn Woodlands; Tayvallich and Juniper Coast

Inclusion of existing sites where otters use intertidal and/or subtidal habitat.


[count 2]

Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh; Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch

Inclusion of existing sites where birds are using intertidal habitat.


[count 4]

Culbin Sands, Culbin Forest and Findhorn Bay; Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills; Yell Sound Coast; Southannan Sands

Inclusion of existing sites where otters or birds use intertidal habitat. Inclusion of existing site for plants in the intertidal.


[count 16]

Cromarty Firth; Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet; East Sanday Coast; Firth of Forth; Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary; Gruinart Flats, Islay; Inner Clyde; Inner Moray Firth; Loch an Duin; Montrose Basin; Moray and Nairn Coast; North Uist Machair and Islands; Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh (Tiree Wetlands and Coast); South Uist Machair and Lochs; Upper Solway Flats and Marshes; Ythan Estuary and Meikle Loch

Work to identify Ramsar sites contributing to the Scottish MPA network was not complete in 2012.


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