East Sanday Coast

Site overview: This site is on the island of Sanday in the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland. The site is made up of 55 km of coast. The coastline supports internationally important populations of wintering waders.

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


59° 16' 3" North,
2° 30' 49" West

Surface Area

15.09 km2
(5.83 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


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


  • Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (Regularly occurring migratory species)