Traeth Lafan/ Lavan Sands, Conway Bay SPA

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This area is close to Bangor in north-west Wales and is made up of large sand and mud-flats. Freshwater streams flow across the flats mixing with the salty sea water - creating a unique environment.  Wintering waterbirds like the oystercatcher come here to nest, it acts as a sort of spillover area when the nearby Dee Estuary is full!

MPA Type

Special 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 date

1 June 1992

Surface Area

27.05 km2 (10.44 mi.2)

Perimeter

37.13 km (23.07 mi.)

  • Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)

    A diving duck often seen in large groups during the non-breeding season. It feeds on small fish along with small amounts of vegetation and other tiny water animals.

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus)

    As this bird’s name suggests, its’ most distinctive features are its’ bright orange-red legs.

  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

    A familiar, stocky, black and white wading bird that mostly depends on mussels and cockles.

  • Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata)

    This widely distributed wading bird with its distinctive long, curved bill is threatened by habitat loss.

  • Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

    Hunted for its feathers this stunning waterbird was almost lost from the UK. They are well known for the elaborate courtship dance they do and for carrying their tiny young on their backs.

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes

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