Colne Estuary (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 2)


Site overview: This estuary is located on the coast of Essex in eastern England. It is a pretty short estuary, with five tidal arms that flow into the main channel of the River Colne. Mud-flats, saltmarsh, grazing marsh, sand and shingle spits, disused gravel pits and reedbeds can all be found here, which provide feeding and roosting opportunities for the large numbers of waterbirds that use the site. During winter, wildfowl and waders call this area home, in addition to breeding little terns which nest on shell, sand and shingle spits.


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

51° 48' 22" North,
0° 59' 28" East

Surface Area

27.19 km2
(10.50 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

  • Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dark-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla bernicla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) (Annex I (species))