Loch of Spiggie is an important site for both sea birds and inland nesting species due to its geographical location. The shallow loch was formed when the sea voe was cut off by the formation of a sand bar. It is an important area for both Arctic and Common terns, but due to the damage caused by the sea breeding habitat is consistently lost.
The installation of a tern raft with protection from ground nesting predators such as otters will hugely benefit this important site species. The location of the raft will additionally offer excellent viewing opportunities for visitors.
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 RSPB.