Moray and Nairn Coast

Site overview: This site is located on the south coast of the Moray Firth in north-east Scotland. The site comprises the intertidal flats, saltmarsh and sand dunes. It is of outstanding nature conservation and scientific importance for coastal and river habitats and supports a range of wetland birds throughout the year. In summer, it is also home to nesting ospreys. In winter large numbers of Iceland/Greenland pink-footed geese and Icelandic greylag geese nest here.

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' 18" North,
3° 36' 58" West

Surface Area

23.27 km2
(8.98 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


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


  • Greylag goose (Anser anser [Iceland/UK/Ireland]) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (Annex I (species))


  • Waterfowl assemblage


  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)