Thames Estuary and Marshes


Site overview: This site is located on the south side of the Thames Estuary in southern England. The marshes extend for about 15 km along the south side of the estuary. The estuary is home to large numbers of wintering waterbirds, including grebes, geese, ducks and waders. The site is also important in spring and autumn migration periods.


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° 28' 34" North,
0° 35' 7" East

Surface Area

48.02 km2
(18.54 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)

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa islandica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) (Annex I (species))
  • Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) (Annex I (species))