SPA description
(information as published 2001)

East Sanday Coast

image: SPA location map 


East Sanday Coast SPA is located on the island of Sanday in the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland. The site comprises a 55 km stretch of coast, and consists of both rocky and sandy sections. It is notable for the presence of sand dune and machair habitats, rare outside the Hebrides, as well as extensive intertidal flats and saltmarsh. The site is further characterised by a series of tombolos, bars, spits and shingle ridges. The coastline supports internationally important populations of wintering waders. 


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:
Over winter;
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica, 600 individuals representing at least 1.1% of the wintering population in Great Britain (Winter peak mean 1991/2-1993/4)
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:
Over winter;
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima, 840 individuals representing at least 1.7% of the wintering Eastern Atlantic - wintering population (winter peak means)
Turnstone Arenaria interpres, 1,400 individuals representing at least 2.0% of the wintering Western Palearctic - wintering population (Three year peak mean, 1991/2-1993/4)



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