SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Ramna Stacks and Gruney

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Ramna Stacks and Gruney lie north of mainland Shetland in the north of Scotland. With the exception of Gruney, where guano-enriched maritime grassland occurs, these rocky islands support little or no vegetation. They are of importance as a site for breeding seabirds, particularly as one of only seven known nesting localities in the EU for Leach's Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa. The nesting seabirds using the site feed outside the SPA in surrounding and more distant marine areas. 


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
During the breeding season;
Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa, 22 pairs representing at least 0.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at 1994)



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