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Greater Wash potential Special Protection Area: comment on proposals

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Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee are seeking views on the proposal to create a new Special Protection Area (SPA) marine site to protect important birds.

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Consultation description

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are special sites designated under the EU Birds Directive to protect rare, vulnerable and migratory birds.

The proposal is to create a new Greater Wash Special Protection Area (SPA) to protect internationally important populations of overwintering:

  • red-throated diver
  • common scoter
  • little gull

The new SPA will include and protect the ideal coastal feeding waters used by breeding populations of:

  • common tern
  • Sandwich tern
  • little tern
Published 18 October 2016