SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Ronas Hill - North Roe and Tingon

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Ronas Hill – North Roe and Tingon SPA is located in the north mainland of Shetland in northern Scotland. The site comprises two adjacent headlands separated by the large Ronas Voe. Most of the site is composed of active blanket bog with numerous lochans and pools that support a typical peatland avifauna. The flatter parts of Tingon and North Roe have many pools and acidic lochans set within an open landscape of blanket bog and maritime heath. The area holds some of the highest-quality blanket bog in Shetland, which is floristically rich and intact. The site is of importance for breeding Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata and Merlin Falco columbarius


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;
Merlin Falco columbarius, 6 pairs representing at least 0.5% of the breeding population in Great Britain
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata, 50 pairs representing at least 5.3% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at 1994)



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