Hermaness, Saxa Vord and Valla Field

Site overview: This site is located at the northernmost part of the Shetland Island of Unst, the most northerly part of the UK. The site is important for a number of breeding seabird species that nest on the cliffs and the heathland and grassland here. During the breeding season, the area regularly supports 152,000 seabirds including guillemots, kittiwakes, shags, fulmars, puffins, great skuas and gannets.

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


60° 49' 45" North,
0° 53' 59" West

Surface Area

68.37 km2
(26.40 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great skua (Stercorarius skua) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) (Annex I (species))