A group of small, inter-connected islands with breeding terns – particularly Arctic tern (over 2,000 pairs) and common terns, but also with occasional breeding roseate terns. The islands also hold significant numbers of breeding herring and lesser black-backed gulls and locally important numbers of breeding puffins.
Habitats on the islands include maritime grassland, characterised by common scurvey-grass, lesser sea-spurrey, red fescue and common sorrel, inter-tidal rocks and pools and low maritime cliff with associated ledges and crevices. Of particular interest are species-rich sediment-floored rockpools and the small cushion star.
The islands are owned by Trinity House.
Where is The Skerries?
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.
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