Coquet Island SPA
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.
MPA TypeSpecial 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 date1 July 1985
Surface Area0.20 km2 (0.08 mi.2)
Perimeter3.80 km (2.36 mi.)
Seabird assemblage (Seabird assemblage)
Important areas where a number of seabird species occur in significant numbers.
Common tern (Sterna hirundo)
A silvery-grey and white bird sometimes called a ‘sea swallow’ because of it’s long tail.
Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea)
A bird with one of the longest migrations of any bird species. They often travel between the Arctic and Antarctic each year. They breed in coastal colonies, and feed mostly on small fish which they pick from the top few centimetres of the water column.
Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
One of Scotland’s four regularly breeding tern species.
Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii)
One of our rarest seabirds with long tail streamers and a pinkish tinge to its underparts in summer - which gives it its name.
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