Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SPA
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.
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 August 1999
Surface Area51.28 km2 (19.80 mi.2)
Perimeter185.08 km (115.00 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)50° 56' 20" North, 0° 50' 37" East
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.
Important areas where a number of waterfowl species occur in significant numbers.
Common tern (Sterna hirundo)
A silvery-grey and white bird sometimes called a ‘sea swallow’ because of it’s long tail.
Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
One of Scotland’s four regularly breeding tern species.
Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
A distinctively-patterned black and white wading bird with a long up-curved beak.
Did you know?…
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
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