Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay SPA
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.
MPA TypeSpecial Protection Area
Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites designated uner European legislation. They are established to protect rare and vulnerable birds and for regularly occurring migratory species.
Designation date1 July 1994
Surface Area18.80 km2 (7.26 mi.2)
Perimeter135.47 km (84.18 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)51° 20' 2" North, 1° 20' 5" East
Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
A small shore bird whose name refers to its habit of creeping and fluttering over rocks, picking out food from under stones.
Little tern (Sterna albifrons)
This bird is one of the smallest of its species. Breeding colonies are located on beaches nearby shallow, sheltered waters which offer good foraging for small fish and invertebrates.
Did you know?…
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers