Habitats listed as Priority Marine Features (Scotland)

Priority Marine Features (PMFs) are habitats and species that are considered to be marine nature conservation priorities in Scottish waters. Existing conservation schedules were assessed against criteria that considered whether a significant proportion of the population occurred in Scotland's seas, whether they were under threat or in decline and the functional role they play. The list will help deliver Marine Scotland's vision for marine nature conservation outlined in the Marine Nature Conservation Strategy. Further detail: SNH

Available MarLIN information on the PMF habitats and their component biotopes is listed below.

Cold-water coral reefs

Inshore deep mud with burrowing heart urchins

Maerl or coarse shell gravel with burrowing sea cucumbers

Tide-swept coarse sands with burrowing bivalves