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Seals - SMRU coordinated summer counts of Common/Harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in period 2011 to 2015 (SNH WMS)

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The harbour or common seal (Phoca vitulina) occurs in the North Atlantic and North Pacific. There are about 83,000 harbour seals in Europe. About 35% of this population is found in UK waters, and 83% of these in Scottish waters.

The layer depicts summer counts coordinated by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)

 

Seals - SMRU coordinated summer counts of Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in period 2011 to 2015 (SNH WMS)

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The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) is found only in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Barents Sea. As one of the rarer seal species, its world population runs to just 350,000 to 400,000 individuals. About 40% of all grey seals live in UK waters – and about 90% of this number live off Scotland.

The layer depicts summer counts coordinated by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)

Sound of Gigha - Slavonian grebe - Distribution (SNH WMS)

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Special Protection Areas (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 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), form the Natura 2000 network. This layer shows the distribution of Slavonian Grebe in the Sound of Gigha. It is part of a series of Scottish Natural Heritage Web Map Service (WMS) layers that show the proposed boundaries and underlying evidence for the possible marine Special Protection Areas, which were issued for consultation in 2016

Native Oysters (Ostrea edulis) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS)

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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.

The native or common oyster (Ostrea edulis) is a marine bivalve mollusc found in Scotland mainly on our west and north coasts. Its rough, irregularly shaped shell grows up to about 10cm across.

Native oysters live on the seabed in relatively shallow coastal waters and estuaries (from the lower shore to 80m). They prefer habitats sheltered from strong wave action, which tend to be muddy. Oysters also require shells, stones or another hard surface for larval settlement.

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