This report summarises the findings of the two public consultations on the proposals to classify a network of marine proposed Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in Scotland1.
In 2016, Scottish Ministers approved consultations on proposals to classify 15 marine sites as SPAs. The aim of the proposals is to meet the objectives of the Birds Directive (2009/147/EC) by helping to protect marine birds and their supporting habitats. The 2016 consultation on 10 pSPAs (July-October 2016) was undertaken by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on behalf of Scottish Ministers. This was followed by a second 2016/17 consultation (October 2016 to January 2017) on the remaining five pSPAs undertaken by SNH, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Natural England on behalf of Scottish Ministers and UK Ministers.