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
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium near favourable negligible
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Site description
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 Areas factsheet: Scapa Flow. Downloaded from on 27/01/2023.