Tamar Estuaries Complex

Site overview: These estuaries lie on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the southern coast of England. This is a large marine inlet on the English Channel coast, made up of the rivers Tamar, Lynher and Tavy. This site is a feeding ground for waterbirds in numbers of European importance.

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


50° 24' 54" North,
4° 13' 5" West

Surface Area

19.45 km2
(7.51 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


  • Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) (Annex I (species))
  • Little egret (Egretta garzetta) (Annex I (species))