SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Priest Island (Summer Isles)

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Priest Island is the outermost and most exposed of the Summer Isles, lying about 6 km off the west coast of Wester Ross. The island rises to about 75 m and supports heath communities, numerous lochs and a small amount of woodland. Enrichment from salt spray and bird guano enables more species-rich maritime heath and cliff communities to exist around the coast. Priest Island supports one of the largest Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus colonies in the UK, together with small numbers of other breeding seabirds. These species feed outside the SPA in surrounding and more distant marine areas.


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
During the breeding season;
Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus, 2,200 pairs representing at least 2.6% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at 1995)



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