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Chough flock feeding on beach, Oronsay

Image: Andy Hay

The whole of the island of Oronsay is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) for its chough and corncrake populations. The island is actively farmed by the RSPB with a mixed farming regime with cattle and sheep, late cut grass and arable crops grown for corncrake conservation. All other areas are managed for choughs by grazing regimes. Other important species include breeding waders (lapwings and redshanks), farmland birds (twites, skylarks, linnets) and wintering geese: barnacle geese and Greenland white-fronted geese. Habitats include dune grassland, machair, in-bye grassland and heath/acid grassland.

Where is Oronsay?

Important note

This site is one of several that due to its size, location and/or conservation sensitivity is not capable of accommodating large numbers of visitors (unless stated).

Where possible, we have indicated the nearest equivalent RSPB nature reserve suitable for visiting. If you require further information, please use the contact details provided.

This does not affect any statutory rights of access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act or Land Reform (Scotland) Act legislation.

For more information

South and West Scotland Regional Office

Telephone:0141 331 0993

10 Park Quadrant
G3 6BS

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