Humber Estuary


Site overview: This site is located on the east coast of England. In the inner estuary there are large areas of reedbed and saltmarshes. Parts of the estuary are owned and managed by conservation organisations. This is also part of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site (EMS). The estuary supports important numbers of waterbirds (especially geese, ducks and waders) during the migration periods and in winter. In summer, it is home to populations of bitterns, marsh harriers, avocets and little terns.


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

53° 36' 59" North,
0° 7' 24" West

Surface Area

376.43 km2
(145.34 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

Species

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

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) (Annex I (species))
  • Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa islandica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Greater scaup (Aythya marila) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian teal (Anas crecca) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) (Annex I (species))
  • Dark-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla bernicla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) (Annex I (species))
  • Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) (Annex I (species))
  • Common greenshank (Tringa nebularia) (Regularly occurring migratory species)