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Special Areas of Conservation

South-East Islay Skerries

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Extra-Regio, Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NR446474
Latitude 55.65277778
Longitude -6.061111111
SAC EU Code UK0030067
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1500.41
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of South-East Islay Skerries SAC

General site character

  • Marine areas, Sea inlets (80%)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes (2%)
  • Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (18%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

Note When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • 1365 Harbour seal Phoca vitulina

    The skerries, islands and rugged coastline of the Inner Hebridean island of Islay hold a nationally-important population of the Harbour seal Phoca vitulina. The south-east coastline areas are extensively used as pupping, moulting and haul-out sites by the seals, which represent between 1.5% and 2% of the UK population.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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