Bae Caerfyrddin/ Carmarthen Bay SPA
This was the first fully marine Special Protected Area in the UK, and makes up part of the larger Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries European Marine Site. This area was designated for the common scoter seaduck. This is a nationally threatened species, with more than 50% of the non-breeding population calling fewer than ten sites, and Carmarthen Bay, home.
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 June 2003
Surface Area334.52 km2 (129.16 mi.2)
Perimeter128.80 km (80.03 mi.)
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 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas