20 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs): A national designation for areas of special interest by reason of any of their flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features.
9 Special Protection Areas (SPAs): Strictly protected sites, classified for rare and vulnerable birds, and for regularly occurring migratory species. More
5 Ramsar sites: Wetlands of international importance. More
4 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs): Strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive. More
2 Marine Protected Areas: Designated by Scottish government and designed to protect rare, representative and productive species and habitats on the basis of sound science. More
These may seem like dry figures, but the sheer number of high nature value places along the coast and inshore waters of the Firth, covering most of the 800km coast from Duncansby Head in the north to Fraserburgh in the east, show how important the Moray Firth is for wildlife.