Solent and Dorset Coast SPA

The Solent and Dorset Coast SPA was first classified as a Special Protection Area in 2020 due to the important bird species that breed and forage in the area. The site covers all the waters of the Solent, Southampton Water, Portsmouth Harbour, Christchurch Harbour, Poole Bay and also stretches along the Sussex Coast. The site provides protection for the following internationally important birds (features) and their supporting habitats:

  • Internationally important populations of breeding species:
    • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (Breeding)
    • Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Breeding)
    • Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) (Breeding)
Further information on the site can be found on the government website here. In time Natural England will produce a Conservation Advice Package for the site which will be found here
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