North Uist Machair and Islands

Site overview: This site is in the Outer Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland. It is a coastal site made up of rocky shore, sandy beaches and dunes, and saltmarsh. This area is home to breeding waders as well as Corncrakes. During periods of migration and in winter, the site holds important numbers of waders on the rocky and sandy shorelines, together with wintering Greenland barnacle geese.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


57° 38' 22" North,
7° 20' 22" West

Surface Area

48.65 km2
(18.78 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes


  • Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis [Eastern Greenland/Scotland/Ireland]) (Annex I (species))
  • Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (Regularly occurring migratory species)