Two new Special Protection Areas (SPAs) have been designated around Britain’s coast. This includes a 24 mile stretch of coast from Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay in Cornwall which is the UK’s most important site for wintering black throated diver and the Irish Sea between the Isle of Man and Anglesey, which supports over 12,000 Manx shearwaters.
Furthermore, existing SPAs at Liverpool Bay, Poole Harbour and the Outer Thames Estuary have been extended.
The SPAs will afford protection to a range of bird species, including three species of breeding tern: little tern, sandwich tern and common tern. The sites also include the first SPA in the UK for wintering black-throated diver, great northern diver and Eurasian spoonbill, and the first offshore SPA to protect the feeding grounds of manx shearwater.