Birds

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 18 March 2011.

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Photo of Peter Peacock Peter Peacock Labour

Question S3W-40485

To ask the Scottish Executive whether the numbers of hen harriers on special protection areas (SPA) is designated if a hen harrier interest is (a) static, (b) increasing or (c) declining and what the trend is for each such SPA.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

Special Protection Areas (SPA) are classified in accordance with the requirements of Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds using guidelines for the selection of SPAs (published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee in 1999). The guidelines are available via the following web link: http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-1405 .

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) assesses whether or not the condition of an SPA is declining, maintained or improving under its Site Condition Monitoring programme. SNH’s latest assessment of the condition of any SPA can be viewed on SNH’s "sitelink" website via the following web address:

http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=53,910284,53_920284and_dad=portaland_schema=PORTAL.

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