Scapa Flow

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 25,122 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 medium near favourable negligible
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Site description (baseline)
A large sea area that separates the islands of Orkney Mainland, Hoy and South Ronaldsay, important for wintering waterbirds. An oil terminal occupies part of the IBA.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Scapa Flow. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.