Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast

Site overview: This site is located on the coast of north-east England. It includes a range of coastal habitats such as sand- and mud-flats, rocky shore, saltmarsh, freshwater marsh and sand dunes. These provide feeding and roosting opportunities for waterbirds in winter and during migration times. In summer little terns breed on beaches within the site.

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


54° 38' 6" North,
1° 10' 11" West

Surface Area

12.52 km2
(4.83 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


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


  • Sanderling (Calidris alba) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))
  • Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Waterfowl assemblage


  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Annex I (species))
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian teal (Anas crecca) (Regularly occurring migratory species)