Inner Clyde Estuary

Site overview: 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.

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


55° 56' 35" North,
4° 36' 28" West

Surface Area

18.25 km2
(7.05 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


  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)