Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary


Site overview: This estuary is located on the east coast of central Scotland. This is an important area for terns, which come here to breed in summer. During winter the estuary is home to waterbirds, especially waders, sea-ducks and geese.


Designation Status
Designated
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


Coordinates

56° 24' 46" North,
2° 59' 55" West

Surface Area

69.52 km2
(26.84 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

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

Species

  • Sanderling (Calidris alba) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))
  • Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Greylag goose (Anser anser [Iceland/UK/Ireland]) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) (Annex I (species))

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) (Annex I (species))
  • Long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa islandica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Velvet scoter (Melanitta fusca) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black (common) scoter (Melanitta nigra) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common eider (Somateria mollissima) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Regularly occurring migratory species)