Designation process: Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay

Published 31 March 2016


Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay was selected to become a Special Protection Area and Ramsar site because it’s important for supporting:

  • breeding and wintering waterbirds
  • birds of prey
  • passage warblers
  • breeding seabirds

It’s also selected for the site’s complex network of wetland types and habitats that support rich and diverse groups of:

  • bryophytes eg mosses, liverworts, and hornworts
  • vascular plants eg water conducting plants
  • invertebrates
  • vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered wetland species

Designation process

This site went through the appropriate consultations to reach full designation as a SPA and Ramsar site on 30 March 2016.

Designation documents

The documents that support the decision to designate Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay are attached on this page and are made up of the:

  • citation - identifying the interests for which the area was designated
  • boundary map
  • register entry

European site register

The government maintains a public register of all Natura 2000 sites in the UK. See the register entry for the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay. Note: Ramsar sites are not submitted to the EU register.

To see the full register contact Natural England enquiries:

For further information about the site contact: or marked for the attention of Jo Dear