Buchan Ness to Collieston Coast

Site overview: This site is on the coast of Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland. It is a 15 km stretch of south-east facing cliff formed of granite, quartzite and other rocks. The site is of importance as a nesting area for a number of seabird species (gulls and auks). These birds feed outside the site in the nearby waters, as well as travelling further afield.

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


57° 24' 6" North,
1° 49' 60" West

Surface Area

54.09 km2
(20.88 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Herring gull (Larus argentatus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)