Poole Harbour SPA

Poole Harbour was classified as a Special Protection Area (SPA) in 1999 due to the important bird species that inhabit the area. The site provides protection for the following internationally important birds (features) and their supporting habitats:
  • Internationally important populations of regularly occurring Annex 1 species and migratory species
    • Tadorna tadorna; Common shelduck (Non-breeding)
    • Recurvirostra avosetta; Pied avocet (Non-breeding)
    • Limosa limosa islandica; Black-tailed godwit (Non-breeding)
    • Larus melanocephalus; Mediterranean gull (Breeding)
    • Sterna hirundo; Common tern (Breeding)
    • Egretta garzetta; Little egret (Non-breeding)
    • Acrocephalus paludicola; Aquatic warbler (Non-breeding)
  • Internationally important assemblage of waterfowl including Dunlin, Redshank and Brent Goose
  • Supporting habitats:
    • Seagrass,
    • Shallow inshore waters including coastal lagoons
    • Intertidal sediments
    • Saltmarsh
    • Reedbed
Further information on the site can be found in the Poole Harbour SPA Regulation 33 Conservation Advice Package produced by Natural England.

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