The Orkney Islands support the largest known skate in the world – The Flapper Skate. Orkney’s network of over 70 islands and skerries provide the perfect refuge – where the pristine marine environment gives optimum conditions for their survival. An ROV has allowed this group to survey for more skate eggs informing better management of this endangered species.
In 2021/22 the marine element of the Nature Restoration Fund was administered by the SMEEF team. This enabled grants to reach more marine focused projects including Orkney Skate Trust.