Response to Scottish Government consultation on marine bird Special Protection Areas

26th September 2016


  • LINK members strongly support the proposal to classify five SPAs in Scottish offshore waters.
  • LINK members support the Scottish Government’s commitment to safeguarding and enhancing
    marine biodiversity through the implementation of EU legislation.
  • SPAs are required to meet obligations under the EU Birds Directive and LINK members believe
    that the scientific evidence presented fully justifies the case for classification.
  • Sound management is now required and statutory agencies must have sufficient resources to
    assess site condition in order to achieve the conservation objectives.
  • The five pSPAs, if designated and well managed, will provide a valuable contribution towards
    Scotland’s MPA network.
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