Firth of Forth

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Firth of Forth

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    6,314 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    56°02'N 03°15'W
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Firth of Forth. 30/10/01; Scotland; 6,314 ha; 56°01'N 002°53'W. SSSI, SPA. A large coastal area comprising a complex of estuaries, mudflats, rocky shorelines, beaches and saltmarshes, including many fragmentary bits of shoreline considered to act as a single ecological unit. Several large urban areas, including Edinburgh, are adjacent to the site and include areas of heavy industry and well-used maritime shipping lanes. The site provides habitat for large numbers of wintering waders and wildfowl, many in nationally and internationally important numbers, and a number of aesthetic, archaeological, sporting and recreational interests lend added value. Coastal industrial development is seen as a source of pressure but is subject to detailed planning control, and the potential for rising sea levels are foreseen in "planned retreat" coastal realignment schemes. Ramsar site no. 1111. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • SSSI
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)