Seabirds and waterbirds - coastal areas sensitive to oil spills

What is it: 

Seabirds and waters use the coast for many activities including breeding. These layers show peak areas in use at different times of the year.

1 . Coastal Breeding seabirds – based on JNCC Seabird 2000 data this layers shows:

  •  Locations where >=80% of  seabirds during breeding season are either auks / shearwaters / petrels; diving birds; gull / terns / skuas; or locations of mixed colonies which have no dominant species during breeding season
  • Points represent lengths of coastline, approximately 1km or less, with the size of the point related to the number of birds.

2. Wildfowl and waders – based on the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) these layers show

  • The mean peak numbers of birds by type (Wildfowl; wader; or cormorants and divers) in either Spring (Apr – Jun); Autumn (Jul – Oct); or Winter (Nov – Mar)
  • Points represent lengths of coastline, with the size of the point related to the number of birds.

Other layers can be found in the Healthy & Biologically Diverse section. Add a suitable search term to the search box on Marine Scotland Information or MS Maps NMPi.

This information page is part of the theme: 
Spring mean peaks - wildfowl (WeBS 2010) © WeBS

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