Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay

Site overview: This site is on the north-eastern tip of Kent in southern England. It is a coastal site made up of a long stretch of rocky shore, sand dunes and saltmarsh. This site is home to large numbers of migratory birds in spring, before they leave for continental Europe in autumn.

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


51° 20' 2" North,
1° 20' 5" East

Surface Area

18.80 km2
(7.26 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)


  • Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))