Database release:
SDF
NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

A

1.2 Site code

UK9001182

1.3 Site name

East Caithness Cliffs

1.4 First Compilation date

1996-03

1.5 Update date

2018-09

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Address:               
Email:

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:1996-03
National legal reference of SPA designationRegulations 9A and 11-15 of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/2716/contents/made) as amended by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2011/155/contents/made).

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-3.363000
Latitude:58.264000

2.2 Area [ha]

11696.3800

2.3 Marine area [%]

97.2000

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

72.20

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Atlantic (100.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
BA200Alca torda    15800  15800         
BA103Falco peregrinus           
BA009Fulmarus glacialis    15000  15000         
BA184Larus argentatus    9400  9400         
BA187Larus marinus    800  800         
BA018Phalacrocorax aristotelis    2300  2300         
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    230  230         
BA188Rissa tridactyla    32500  32500         
BA199Uria aalge    106700  106700         
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

Species

Population in the site

Motivation

Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
SBA Seabird assemblage    300000  300000             
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N0196.20
N052.90
N080.60
N100.30

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Soil & geology - Alluvium, Gravel, Neutral, Nutrient-poor, Sandstone, Sandstone/mudstone, Sedimentary. Geomorphology & landscape - Cave/tunnel, Caves, Cliffs, Coastal, Crags/ledges, Geos (rocky inlets), Intertidal rock, Open coast (including bay), Slope.

4.2 Quality and importance

ARTICLE 4.1 QUALIFICATION (2009/147/EC) In the breeding season the area regularly supports: Falco peregrinus; 0.5% of the GB population; no count period specified. ARTICLE 4.2 QUALIFICATION (2009/147/EC) In the breeding season the area regularly supports: Uria aalge; 3.1% of the north Atlantic biogeographic population; 1985 to 1987; Alca torda; 1.8% of the total A. t. islandica biogeographic population; 1985 to 1987; Larus argentatus; 1% of the NW European biogeographic population; 1985 to 1987; Rissa tridactyla; 1% of the north Atlantic biogeographic population; 1985 to 1987; Phalacrocorax aristotelis; 1.8% of the north Europe biogeographic population; 1985 to 1987. ARTICLE 4.2 QUALIFICATION (2009/147/EC) An internationally important assemblage of birds. In the breeding season the area regularly supports: 300,000 individual seabirds; 1985 to 1987. Including: Larus marinus, Phalacrocorax carbo, Fulmarus glacialis, Alca torda, Uria aalge, Rissa tridactyla, Larus argentatus, Phalacrocorax aristotelis.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MC03B
HF02I
HF03I
LG01I
MH03B
MI01B
HJ03B
MK03I
LL08I
MM02B
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.5 Documentation

Conservation Objectives - the Scottish Natural Heritage 'site link' below provides access to the Conservation Objectives for this site. See also the 'UK Approach' document for more information (link via the JNCC website).
http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/documentview.jsp?p_pa_code=8492&p_Doc_Type_ID=29
http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/Natura2000_StandardDataForm_UKApproach_Dec2015.pdf

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
UK043.80

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Scottish Natural Heritage
Address:
Email:

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)

For available information, including on Conservation Objectives, see Section 4.5.

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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