East Caithness Cliffs


Site overview: This site is on the east coast of Caithness in northern Scotland and is made up of the sea-cliffs between Wick and Helmsdale. These are formed of Old Red Sandstone and are generally between 30-60 m high, rising to 150 m in places. These are good nesting sites for important populations of seabirds, such as gulls and auks. There is also another Marine Protected Area here which should protect the sea where these birds feed.


Designation Status
Designated
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


Coordinates

58° 15' 60" North,
3° 18' 52" West

Surface Area

117.05 km2
(45.19 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

  • Marine areas, Sea inlets

Species

  • Razorbill (Alca torda) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great black-backed gull (Larus marinus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)

Assemblage

  • Seabird assemblage

Species

  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) (Annex I (species))
  • Herring gull (Larus argentatus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (Regularly occurring migratory species)