Poole Harbour SPA

Poole Harbour was first 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 breeding and migratory species
    • Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) (Non-breeding)
    • Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa islandica) (Non-breeding)
    • Little egret (Egretta garzetta) (Non-breeding)
    • Shellduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Non-breeding)
    • Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) (Non-breeding)
    • Mediterranean gull (Larus melanocephalus) (Breeding)
    • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Breeding)
    • Sandwich Tern (Thakasseus sandivicensis) (Breeding)
    • Waterbird assemblage (Non-breeding)
      • Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
      • Cormorant (Phalacrocorax)
      • Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)
      • Teal (Anas crecca)
      • Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
      • Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)
      • Curlew (Numenius arquata)
      • Spotted redshank (Tringa erythropus)
      • GReenshank (Tringa nebularia)
      • Red shank (Tringa totanus)
      • Pochard (Aythya ferina)
  • Supporting habitats:
    • Seagrass
    • Shallow inshore waters including coastal lagoons
    • Intertidal sediments
    • Saltmarsh
    • Reedbed
    • Freshwater grazing marsh
    • Water column
Further information on the site can be found in the Poole Harbour SPA Conservation Advice Package produced by Natural England.

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