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|Horse mussel beds - other horse mussel bed habitats (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS)||
The Priority Marine Feature (PMF) list contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland's seas. It includes many features which are characteristic of the Scottish marine environment, ranging from flame shell beds in coastal waters, to cold-water coral reefs of the deeper seas, and mobile species such as minke whale and basking shark.
This layer shows the distribution of horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus) beds which not included in the other layers.
|Marine Consultation Areas (SNH WMS)||
Marine Consultation Areas are identified by Scottish Natural Heritage as deserving particular distinction in respect of the quality and sensitivity of the marine environment within them. Their selection encourages coastal communities and management bodies to be aware of marine conservation issues in the area.
|SNH Nature Reserves (SNH WMS)||
SNH nature reserves (NR) are those SNH properties (owned, leased, or under agreement) it manages for nature with some provision for people to visit. SNH also manages some properties as National Nature Reserves.
|Voluntary Marine Reserves - St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR||
Voluntary marine reserves around Scotland. St Abbs and Eyemouth was the first voluntary marine reserve introduced in 1984
|Scottish Assessment areas - Scottish Marine Regions SMRs) and Offshore Marine Regions (OMRs)||
The 20 Scottish marine regions and offshore marine regions are used for state of the sea assessments. These areas consolidate the existing statutory Scottish Marine Regions with non-statutory offshore marine regions. For the purposes of assessment, the offshore marine regions only extend to the EEZ.
Scottish Marine Regions (FishDAC_1609) and Scottish Sea Areas (FishDAC_12184) were merged. The sea area boundaries were adjusted in places to better fit with SMRs. Offshore marine regions were renamed to avoid confusion with the Scottish sea areas. All changes were approved by the Scottish Seas Data and Assessment Group (SSDAG)
|Economic Analysis - Direct employment in fishing, fish processing and aquaculture activities by travel to work areas ((TTW) % of total employment, 2017)||
Direct employment in fishing, fish processing and aquaculture activities by travel to work areas (TTWA, 2011 versions) as a % of total employment in Scotland. Percentage value is most recent year (year also recorded as attribute), with a graph image in attributes showing trend from 2015 onwards. All statistics from ONS / Nomis.
|Local Nature Reserves (LNR) (SNH WMS)||
Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are established in a variety of locations with very varied habitats and species. They must lie wholly within the area of jurisdiction of the local authority which declares them to be reserves. Prior to such declaration, the local authority must own or lease the site or obtain an agreement from the owner. LNRs are generally smaller than NNRs and closer to centres of population. They are frequently provided for the enjoyment and education of local people whose involvement in site management is encouraged.
|Special Protection Areas (SPAs) (SNH WMS) (OSCP)||
SPAs in Scotland are classified by Scottish Ministers . These are areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and regularly occurring migratory birds within the European Union. SPAs are classified under the EC Birds Directive and together with SACs, form the Natura 2000 network.
Proposed Special Protection Areas (pSPA) may be subject to change prior to classification.
|Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) (SNH WMS) (OSCP)||
SACs in Scotland are designated by Scottish Ministers under the EC Habitats Directive. They are areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive. SACs in terrestrial areas and marine areas out to 12 nautical miles are afforded protection through the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).
Possible Special Areas of Conservation (pSAC) may be subject to change prior to submission.
|National Scenic Areas (WMS)||
National Scenic Areas (NSAs) are Scotland's only national landscape designation, and defined as areas “of outstanding scenic value in a national context” for which special protection measures are required. The designation’s purpose is both to identify our finest scenery and to ensure its protection from inappropriate development. NSAs are broadly equivalent to the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty found in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are regarded by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Category V Protected Landscapes. There are 40 NSAs in total covering roughly 1 million hectares (13% of Scotland).