Consultation outcome

Outer Thames Estuary Special Protection Area extension: consultation outcome

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA: consultation report

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA: final map area

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA: citation

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Detail of outcome

This consultation concluded on 14 July 2016. The outcome report, final map area and site citation are attached on this page.

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Original consultation

Summary

Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee are seeking views on the proposal to extend the Special Protection Area (SPA) marine site.

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Consultation description

This consultation has been extended by 12 weeks until 5pm on 14 July 2016 to allow some stakeholders, who were previously not informed of it, to respond to the proposals. All previous representations received will be considered as valid responses and submitted to government.

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

The proposal for the Outer Thames Estuary is to extend the boundary of the existing SPA in several places to protect the internationally important colony of:

  • little tern
  • common tern

The extended areas include waters adjacent to the existing breeding colonies which are the ideal feeding habitat for these birds.

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(s)

Use the ‘respond online’ link below to give your views.

Documents

Outer Thames Estuary SPA: consultation summary

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA: departmental brief

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA: boundary map

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA extension: River Yare and River Bure

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA extension: Minsmere

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA extension: Foulness

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Published 21 January 2016
Last updated 19 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Details of consultation outcome added.
  2. Consultation deadline extended to 5pm 14 July 2016.
  3. First published.