Site overview: This site is located in northern Scotland, north of the Shetland Islands and is a really important area for sea birds, including the Arctic Tern. The most important area here for birds is the northernmost part of the island and the south-western peninsula of Lamb Hoga, which has heather moorland with areas of Cottongrass. The site partially overlaps the Fetlar to Haroldswick Marine Protected Area which helps protect the areas where these birds feed.

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° 36' 16" North,
0° 51' 13" West

Surface Area

169.82 km2
(65.57 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Great skua (Stercorarius skua) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (Annex I (species))
  • Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) (Annex I (species))