Calf of Eday

Site overview: This is a small, uninhabited island to the north of the island of Eday in the Orkney archipelago. The island has a rocky coastline with cliffs on the north and east coasts. The site is of importance as a nesting area for breeding seabirds, which feed in surrounding waters. Gulls and Cormorants nest in the dry heath and grassland areas, whilst fulmars, kittiwakes and auks nest on the cliffs.

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° 14' 37" North,
2° 43' 24" West

Surface Area

26.73 km2
(10.32 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great black-backed gull (Larus marinus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (Regularly occurring migratory species)