Foulness (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 5)


Site overview: This site is located on the coast of Essex, on the east coast of England north of the mouth of the Thames estuary. The site is made up of saltmarsh, intertidal mud-flats, cockle-shell banks and sand-flats. It includes one of the three largest continuous sand-silt flats in the UK. The diversity of this site supports important populations of breeding, migratory and wintering waterbirds, such as the dark-bellied brent goose.


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° 34' 33" North,
0° 55' 10" East

Surface Area

109.39 km2
(42.24 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))
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) (Annex I (species))

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Annex I (species))
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory 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))