Breydon Water SPA

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is located in the extreme east of England, on the coast of Norfolk. The site is an inland tidal estuary at the mouth of the River Yare.  This is a really important area for wintering waterbirds, some of which feed in the Broadland Special Protection Area (a type of Marine Protected Area) that is next to this site at Halvergate Marshes.

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 1996

Surface Area

12.03 km2 (4.64 mi.2)

Perimeter

34.07 km (21.17 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

52° 35' 43" North, 1° 38' 57" East

  • Waterfowl assemblage

    Important areas where a number of waterfowl 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.

  • Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

    This familiar farmland bird has suffered significant declines. It is also known as a ‘peewit’ after it’s call and get’s the name lapwing from its wavering flight.

  • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

    A medium sized wading bird that breeds in a very few lowland sites in eastern England where its numbers appear to be dropping. Males develop a very impressive ruff in the summer.

  • Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

    A distinctively-patterned black and white wading bird with a long up-curved beak. 

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

Did you know?…

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

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