When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.
Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
|8330 Submerged or partially submerged sea caves|
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
|1365 Harbour seal Phoca vitulina|
|The exposed rocky island of Mousa, off the east coast of Shetland Mainland, supports one of the largest groups of Harbour seal Phoca vitulina in Shetland and is one of the most northerly groups in the UK. The large rocky tidal pools on the island are of particular importance, as they are frequently used by the seals for pupping, breeding and moulting, and provide shelter from the exposed conditions on the open coast. The site supports just over 1% of the UK population.|
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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