News
Aug 25, 2014

Marine Protected Area News


30 new Scottish Marine Protected Areas have been announced, a new Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation habitat mapping report has been published and advance information has been issued on a draft Solway Firth Special Protection Area.

 

Clyde Sea Sill is the closest to the Solway of 30 new Scottish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) designated recently. Stretching from the north Rhins coast across the mouth of the Clyde, features of interest include black guillemot and seabed communities.

 

An SNH habitat mapping report on Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) has been published recently.  This supplements previous SNH site survey work and will inform discussions on future management.

 

Information has been published recently by SNH, JNCC and Marine Scotland on a suite of marine draft Special Protected Areas (dSPAs) including one in the Solway Firth. Qualifying bird species for the Solway Firth dSPA include red-throated diver, common scoter and goosander. Formal consultation on the site is likely to take place early in 2015.

Solway Firth Partnership