Mingulay and Berneray
Special Protection Area (Birds Directive)
United Kingdom: GB-SCT
Mingulay and Berneray are adjacent islands that lie at the southern end of the Outer Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland. Mingulay, the more northerly, is larger, rising to 275 m with sheer cliffs of up to 210 m. Berneray rises to about 190 m. There are a number of adjacent stacks. The islands are largely covered by maritime grassland, with some machair and heath. They are an important breeding site for a diverse assemblage of seabirds, comprising especially auks and gulls. These seabirds feed in the surrounding waters of the south Minch, outside the SPA.