SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Mingulay and Berneray

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Mingulay and Berneray are adjacent islands that lie at the southern end of the Outer Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland. Mingulay, the more northerly, is larger, rising to 275 m with sheer cliffs of up to 210 m. Berneray rises to about 190 m. There are a number of adjacent stacks. The islands are largely covered by maritime grassland, with some machair and heath. They are an important breeding site for a diverse assemblage of seabirds, comprising especially auks and gulls. These seabirds feed in the surrounding waters of the south Minch, outside the SPA.


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:


During the breeding season;
Razorbill Alca torda, 11,323 pairs representing at least 2.0% of the breeding population (Count as at 1985)
Assemblage qualification: A seabird assemblage of international importance
The area qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by regularly supporting at least 20,000 seabirds
During the breeding season, the area regularly supports 110,000 individual seabirds including: Puffin Fratercula arctica, Guillemot Uria aalge, Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis, Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis, Razorbill Alca torda.



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