Monach Isles NCMPA

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

The Monach Isles, also known as Heisker, are an island group west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Around 820 breeding black guillemots rely on the rich feeding grounds in the sea here, this is approximately 2.2% of the British population.

There is also a Special Area of Conservation here, which is a type of Marine Protected Area.  This protects the seal population here. 

MPA Type

Nature 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 date

24 July 2014

Surface Area

61.73 km2 (23.84 mi.2)

Perimeter

117.44 km (72.98 mi.)

  • Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle)

    In summer an unmistakable black and white bird with bright red feet. In the winter it dulls to more subtle shades of grey and white. Black guillemots are usually found in ones and twos, scattered around rocky islets.

  • Landscape of areal glacial scour

    Scouring caused by the landscape or glacial deposition

  • Marine geomorphology of the Scottish shelf seabed

    The features of the seabed formed by the action of tides and currents.

Did you know?…

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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