SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Papa Stour

image: SPA location map 

 

Papa Stour lies on the west coast of mainland Shetland in northern Scotland. The SPA comprises the northern and western parts of Papa Stour and consists of rocky hillsides rising to about 90 m, a number of lochs and a few offshore skerries. The main vegetation is a lichen-rich heath that has developed on substrates that formerly consisted of peat and turf. The island is an important breeding site for Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea and Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula. The terns feed outside the SPA in the waters around the islands.

 


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;
 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea, 1,000 pairs representing at least 2.3% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Seabird Census Register)
 
 
This site also 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;
 
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula, 89 pairs representing at least 0.6% of the breeding Europe/Northern Africa - wintering population


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