SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Buchan Ness to Collieston Coast

image: SPA location map 


Buchan Ness to Collieston Coast SPA is located on the coast of Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland. It is a 15 km stretch of south-east facing cliff formed of granite, quartzite and other rocks running to the south of Peterhead, interrupted only by the sandy beach of Cruden Bay. The low, broken cliffs (generally less than 50 m high) show many erosion features such as stacks, arches, caves and blowholes. The varied coastal vegetation on the ledges and cliff tops includes maritime heath, grassland and brackish flushes. The site is of importance as a nesting area for a number of seabird species (gulls and auks). These birds feed outside the SPA in the nearby waters, as well as more distantly. 


Qualifying species

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 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 95,000 individual seabirds (Count, as at mid-1980s) including: Guillemot Uria aalge, Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, Herring Gull Larus argentatus, Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis, Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis.



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