East Caithness Cliffs NCMPA
This area is home to many seabirds including 1,500 breeding black guillemots who live on the crevices and ledges of the sea cliffs between Wick and Helmsdale. This is the most important site in Scotland for this stunning bird. It provides them with a vital, rich source of food. There is also a Special Protection Area here to protect the cliffs which these seabirds call home.
MPA TypeNature Conservation Marine Protected Area
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) are designated under UK legislation (Marine Scotland Act 2010) and have been established around Scotland to contribute to the UK MPA network by protecting a range of important habitats, species and features of the seabed.
Designation date24 July 2014
Surface Area114.27 km2 (44.12 mi.2)
Perimeter156.25 km (97.09 mi.)
Did you know?…
Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’