Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay

Site overview: This site is on the south coast of England, on the border of East Sussex and Kent between Hastings and New Romney. It is made up of large shingle beaches and sand dunes across an area of intertidal mud and sand flats. The whole area is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds, birds of prey, and breeding seabirds.

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° 56' 20" North,
0° 50' 37" East

Surface Area

51.28 km2
(19.80 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


  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))


  • Waterfowl assemblage


  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Annex I (species))
  • Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) (Annex I (species))