Lindisfarne


Site overview: This site is situated in north-east England off the Northumberland coast near Berwick-upon-Tweed. As well as the island of Lindisfarne (Holy Island), the site includes extensive mud-flats south of Holy Island and at Budle Bay. There are large beds of Eelgrass here which provide an important food source for wintering birds. In autumn and early winter this site is home to a large number of an internationally important population of the Svalbard population of light-bellied brent goose. In summer, the site supports large numbers of several breeding tern species that feed in the shallow waters around the site.


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

55° 40' 5" North,
1° 49' 49" West

Surface Area

36.74 km2
(14.18 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

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

Species

  • Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Sanderling (Calidris alba) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))
  • Eurasian wigeon (Anas penelope) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Greylag goose (Anser anser [Iceland/UK/Ireland]) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) (Annex I (species))
  • Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black (common) scoter (Melanitta nigra) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common eider (Somateria mollissima) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii) (Annex I (species))
  • Light-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota [Svalbard/Denmark/UK]) (Regularly occurring migratory species)