Fetlar to Haroldswick NCMPA - designation documents

A mosaic of high energy seabed habitats is protected by the Fetlar to Haroldswick Nature Conservation MPA designation.

Fetlar summary front cover

The strong tides and spectacularly clear waters of this NCMPA create perfect conditions to support a remarkably diverse array of animals and plants.

It also contains more than 200 square kilometres of important black guillemot feeding grounds.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Fetlar to Haroldswick NCMPA

Protected features


  • black guillemot
  • circalittoral sand and coarse sediment communities
  • horse mussel beds
  • kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment
  • maerl beds
  • shallow tide-swept coarse sands with burrowing bivalves

Geodiversity: marine geomorphology of the Scottish shelf seabed

Related links

Fetlar to Haroldswick Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2016

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