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The East Sanday Coast Ramsar Site

The East Sanday Coast Ramsar Site occupies a 55km stretch of coast on the island of Sanday, which is also designated as a Special Protection Area. The coastline consists of rocky and sandy sections and is notable for the presence of sand dune and machair habitats, rare outside the Hebrides, as well as extensive intertidal flats and saltmarsh. The site is further characterised by a series of tombolos, bars, spits and shingle ridges.

This stretch of coastline has a superb range of habitats for waders. In winter, accumulations of rotting kelp harbour large numbers of sand hoppers and other invertebrates, providing a plentiful food supply.

The site supports internationally important populations of wintering waders which include Purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) and Turnstone (Arenaria interpres).

Detail regarding these birds are available through Related Sites on the left of this web page.

Further information is available at the Scottish Natural Heritage website, also available on the left.

Related Sites