Alde, Ore and Butley Estuaries

Site overview: This estuary site is made up of three rivers, it is relatively wide and shallow with saltmarshes along the edges. Water quality is excellent throughout and the area is relatively natural, being largely undeveloped with very limited industrial activity.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


52° 7' 2" North,
1° 32' 5" East

Surface Area

16.32 km2
(6.30 mi.2 )


83.41 km
(51.83 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Atlantic salt meadows (Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae))
  • Estuaries
  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)