Mousa to Boddam NCMPA

Sandeels, and the sandy seabed in which they live, are protected by the Mousa to Boddam Nature Conservation MPA.

Though it’s one of Scotland’s smaller MPAs, the site plays a big role in supporting sandeels – a key component of the marine food web and a vital food source for seabirds, whales and dolphins.

Mousa itself is also known for its fabulous sea caves, reefs, harbour seals and Arctic terns.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Mousa to Boddam NCMPA

Protected features

Biodiversity: sandeels

Geodiversity: marine geomorphology of the Scottish shelf seabed


Mousa to Boddam Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

Mousa to Boddam Marine Protected Area: A sandeel recruitment area

Mousa to Boddam MPA boundary map

Mousa to Boddam MPA: Data confidence assessment

Mousa to Boddam MPA: Assessment against the MPA Selection Guidelines

Mousa to Boddam MPA: Management options