SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Otterswick and Graveland

image: SPA location map 


Otterswick and Graveland are located on the island of Yell, in Shetland. Otterswick liesto the south of Yell, whilst Graveland is a peninsula on the west coast of the island. The site rises from sea level on Graveland to an altitude of 205 m at Ward of Otterswick. Inland areas are dominated by blanket bog, with some stretches of dry heather moorland. The blanket bog is variable in quality, with considerable areas of eroded peat, especially on the eastern side of Otterswick. A band of maritime grassland extends along the coastal stretch of the Graveland peninsula. The site is of European importance as a breeding area for Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata. 


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;
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata, 27 pairs representing at least 2.9% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1992-1996)



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