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S5W-22272: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what recommendations it has received regarding the protection of the curlew under phase one of the 2016 Special Protection Area Review, and how it has taken these forward.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 3 April 2019

Further to the answer to question S5W-18706 answered on 26 September 2018, the 2016 UK Special Protection Area (SPA) Review recommended that ‘consideration of the need for and provision of, additional conservation measures (outwith this SPA review) is required; that contemporary SPA provision is insufficient for the requirements of the species and appropriate changes or additions to the SPA suite should be considered; that a review of boundaries of the existing SPA is needed to ensure that important areas used for feeding etc. are included; that better ecological information on foraging habitat requirements of breeding curlew on agricultural grasslands near breeding sites is needed; and that better survey methods should be developed.’

The Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage are considering whether any changes to the Scottish SPA network are required. Other related recommendations are being picked up under the Working for Waders project which is funded and coordinated by Scottish Natural Heritage. More information on that project is available via the following web link: .

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