Gibraltar Point SPA

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is located on the Lincolnshire coast in eastern England, north of The Wash. There are sandunes here, as well as small areas of freshwater marsh and open water.  The area is home to large numbers of birds during the winter months as well as colonies of breeding terns. The site is also important for waders during spring and autumn.

MPA Type

Special 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 date

1 March 1993

Surface Area

4.22 km2 (1.63 mi.2)

Perimeter

13.27 km (8.25 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

53° 6' 9" North, 0° 20' 12" East

  • Sanderling (Calidris alba)

    A a small, plump, energetic wading bird.

  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons)

    This bird is one of the smallest of its species. Breeding colonies are located on beaches nearby shallow, sheltered waters which offer good foraging for small fish and invertebrates.

  • Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica)

    A long-billed, long-legged wading bird that visits the UK in the winter.

  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

    A widely distributed shorebird that prefers sandy and muddy estuaries.

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

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