SPA description
(information as published 2001)


image: SPA location map 


Fowlsheugh is located on the east coast of Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland, overlooking the North Sea. The sheer cliffs, between 30-60 m high, are cut mostly in basalt and conglomerate of Old Red Sandstone age. They form a rock face with diverse structure providing ideal nesting sites for seabirds. The cliffs support major numbers of breeding seabirds, especially gulls and auks. The seabirds feed outside the SPA in nearby waters, as well as more distantly in the North Sea. 


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;
Guillemot Uria aalge, 40,140 pairs representing at least 1.8% of the breeding East Atlantic population (Count as at 1992)
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, 34,870 pairs representing at least 1.1% of the breeding Eastern Atlantic - Breeding population (Count, as at 1992)
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 170,000 individual seabirds including: Razorbill Alca torda, Herring Gull Larus argentatus, Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis, Guillemot Uria aalge, Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla.



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Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.