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Wyre and Rousay Sounds NCMPA

A remarkable area within the Orkney Islands archipelago is recognised by the Wyre and Rousay Sounds Nature Conservation MPA.

The site was designated for its maerl beds and kelp and seaweed communities. Its inclusion in the MPA network ensures the protection of these marine habitats across their full geographic range in Scottish waters.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features within the Wyre and Rousay Sounds NCMPA

Protected features

Biodiversity:

  • kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment
  • maerl beds

Geodiversity: marine geomorphology of the Scottish shelf seabed

Downloads

Wyre and Rousay Sounds Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

Wyre and Rousay Sounds Marine Protected Area: Sea bed shaped by currents

Wyre and Rousay Sounds MPA boundary map

Wyre and Rousay Sounds MPA: Data confidence assessment

Wyre and Rousay Sounds MPA: Assessment against the MPA Selection Guidelines

Wyre and Rousay Sounds MPA: Management options

Contact

Email: mpa@nature.scot