Breydon Water

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.

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


52° 35' 43" North,
1° 38' 57" East

Surface Area

12.03 km2
(4.64 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


  • Waterfowl assemblage


  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) (Annex I (species))
  • Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) (Annex I (species))