St Abb's Head to Fast Castle

Site overview: This site is on the coast of Berwickshire in south-east Scotland. It is a 10 km stretch of cliffs which in places reaches over 150 m in height. Large numbers of breeding seabirds live here, especially auks and gulls, which feed outside the site in surrounding marine areas, as well as further away in the North Sea.

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° 55' 30" North,
2° 11' 0" West

Surface Area

17.38 km2
(6.71 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Razorbill (Alca torda) (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)