Morecambe Bay


Site overview: This site is located on the Irish Sea coast of north-west England. It is one of the largest estuarine systems in the UK and is fed by five main river channels (Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre). You can find mussel beds holding together the banks of shingle here. Lots of birds come to this area to feed. In summer, areas of shingle and sand hold breeding populations of terns, whilst very large numbers of geese, ducks and waders come here in the winter and, (especially for waders) use the site in spring and autumn migration periods. During the breeding season, the area regularly supports over 61,000 birds.


Designation Status
Designated
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union



Coordinates

54° 5' 3" North,
2° 57' 60" West

Surface Area

373.88 km2
(144.36 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

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

Assemblage

  • Seabird assemblage

Species

  • Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) (Annex I (species))

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Annex I (species))
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern pintail (Anas acuta) (Regularly occurring migratory species)