Proposed Special Protection Areas for Scottish marine birds: Supplementary Consultation on SEA and site classification

Closes 29 Jul 2019

Opened 17 Jun 2019

Results expected 1 Oct 2019


On 14 September 2018 Marine Scotland published an Environmental Report (ER) and associated Network Assessment on proposed Special Protection Areas (pSPAs) for Scottish marine birds. Views were invited on the ER, the approach taken by the Network Assessment and the conclusions which had been reached. In light of the comments received, we are taking this further opportunity to clarify and update our position on a number of points.

This supplementary consultation seeks views on an updated ER. The Reasonable Alternatives considered by the updated ER supersede those assessed under the September 2018 SEA. This is because respondents to the previous consultation asked for more information, greater clarity and suggested additional alternatives. We have also taken the opportunity to update our preferred policy recommendation on classification of the pSPAs in light of Final Advice to Scottish Minsters from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

Read the consultation paper.

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  • Community groups
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Local fishing interests
  • Rural development interests
  • Recreational activity representatives


  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Marine and Fisheries