Coquet Island

Overview Coquet Island Special Protection Area (SPA) is a type of Marine Protected Area. There is another protected area in this region known as Coquet to St Mary’s. Coquet Island is located 1 km off the coast of Northumberland in north-east England. The island is of importance for a range of breeding seabirds, including four species of tern, auks and gulls. The seabirds feed outside the SPA in the nearby waters, as well as more distantly in the North Sea. During the breeding season 11,400 pairs of puffins can be found here.

Designation Status
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


55° 20' 9" North,
1° 32' 13" West

Surface Area

0.20 km2
(0.08 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) (Annex I (species))
  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Annex I (species))
  • Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii) (Annex I (species))