Canna and Sanday

Site overview: Canna and Sanday are two adjacent basaltic islands in the Small Isles, north-west of Rum. The islands are important for their breeding seabird colonies including gulls, auks and shags. The seabirds feed outside the area in the nearby waters. This area overlaps with the Small Isles Marine Protected Area and the Rum Special Protection Area.

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° 3' 17" North,
6° 32' 25" West

Surface Area

65.60 km2
(25.33 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Herring gull (Larus argentatus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)