Region 2. Orkney
Barne, J.H. et al
Effective management of the coastal zone depends on good knowledge of its resources and what affects them. The JNCC's Coastal Directories project, co-ordinated by JNCC on behalf of a wide-ranging funding consortium, collated extensive baseline environmental and human use information, including fisheries, for the coastal and nearshore marine zone of the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland, the Isles of Scilly, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Man. The information is designed to meet the needs of planners and coastal zone managers and users. A disk set, in Adobe Acrobat format, is available to complement the book edition of most regional volumes and is supplied with free Windows-compatible reader software.


Orkney comprises some 90 islands and skerries,including Sule Stack and Sule Skerry.  The number of the islands helps explain the relatively great length of its coastline - 881 km, 7.5% of the total coastline of Scotland and 4.7% of that of Great Britain.  The whole of the coast is exposed to the gales of the North Atlantic and little, if any,of the land is free from maritime influence.  Although from the air the islands appear flat and fertile by comparison withShetland (Region 1), there are significant cliffed coasts,including some that are important because of their degree ofexposure to the gales of the Atlantic and the North Sea.  The region is more densely populated and agriculture is more widespread than in Shetland, reflecting the greater fertility of the soil. 
195 pages A4 hardback
ISBN 1 873701 76 4
Please cite as: Barne, J.H. et al, (1997), Region 2. Orkney, 195 pages A4 hardback, ISBN 1 873701 76 4