Download the full outcome
Detail of outcome
This consultation concluded on 8 February 2017. The outcome report and final map area are attached on this page. The site’s citation is held on Natural England’s evidence catalogue.
You can find out more on the Designated Sites View database:
- Type ‘Liverpool Bay’ into the site name field.
- Click on ‘Search’.
- Click on ‘View details’ in the right hand column.
Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are special sites designated under the EU Birds Directive to protect rare, vulnerable and migratory birds.
The proposal for Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl is to extend the SPA to support internationally important populations of:
- common tern
- little tern
- little gull
This area is particularly important for the terns as much of the sea around their breeding colonies is the ideal habitat for plunge diving for food.
The proposal is also to add cormorant and red-breasted merganser to the waterbird assemblage as named species.
The proposal is available as a series of separate documents (attached above). You should:
- read the consultation summary that sets out the aims of the proposal
- read the departmental brief that provides the scientific explanation behind the proposal
- use the maps to locate the proposal site and extension area
- read the separate impact assessment on the Welsh portion of the site (available to read on the Natural Resources Wales website in English and Welsh languages)
To download site boundaries as vector polygons in ESRI ArcMap shapefile or Pitney Bowes MapInfo tab:
- go to Natural England’s GIS Digital Boundary Datasets
- scroll to the bottom of the Dataset Downloads page
- choose option 2
- login as a registered user or
- add personal details as a new user and click on ‘register’
- scroll to the bottom of the ‘Dataset Download Selection’ page
- use the Select Data Type drop down menu and select ‘Special Protection Areas (Marine)’
This will download a zip file which you can open in your mapping software. Select ‘Liverpool Bay’ from the attribute table.