Duddon Estuary SPA

Status: Dropped

Description

Site overview


This site is located north-west of Morecambe Bay on the coast of Cumbria in north-west England. This is where the River Duddon and the smaller Kirkby Pool open up into the Irish Sea.
It is a really important area for large numbers of birds that either come here to live during winter (just under 78,000!), or pass through whilst migrating. This includes Sandwich terns, knots, pintails and redshanks.

MPA Type

Special Protection Area

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites designated uner European legislation. They are established to protect rare and vulnerable birds and for regularly occurring migratory species.

Designation date

1 March 1998

Surface Area

67.84 km2 (26.19 mi.2)

  • Waterfowl assemblage

    Important areas where a number of waterfowl species occur in significant numbers.

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus)

    As this bird’s name suggests, its’ most distinctive features are its’ bright orange-red legs.

  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis)

    One of Scotland’s four regularly breeding tern species.

  • Red knot (Calidris canutus)

    A dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird that depends on the rich source of worms and shellfish in estuaries. Large numbers come to the UK in the winter.

  • Northern pintail (Anas acuta)

    This duck is slightly bigger than a mallard and has a very distinctive long tail that tapers to a point.

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes

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