Fair Isle


Site overview: This site is in the North Sea, halfway between the Shetland mainland and the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland. The island is really important for seabirds, including skuas, terns, gulls and auks. The seabirds nest both on the cliffs and crags around the island as well as on moorland and maritime grassland areas, and feed in the waters around the island.


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

59° 31' 54" North,
1° 37' 35" West

Surface Area

68.30 km2
(26.37 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)
  • Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) (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)
  • Great skua (Stercorarius skua) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) (Annex I (species))