Inner Clyde Estuary SPA
This site is located to the west of Glasgow in central west Scotland. Although the Clyde Estuary is heavily industrialised along much of its length, upstream of Gourock Bay and Helensburgh there are large intertidal sand- and mud-flats. This is an important site for a range of wintering waterbirds, such as the Redshank.
MPA TypeSpecial Protection Area
Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites designated uner European legislation. They are established to protect rare and vulnerable birds and for regularly occurring migratory species.
Designation date1 March 2000
Surface Area18.25 km2 (7.05 mi.2)
Perimeter114.62 km (71.22 mi.)
Did you know?…
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’