Burry Inlet


Site overview: This is a large series of estuaries with big areas of intertidal sand- and mud-flats, and sand dunes. This is also the largest continuous area of saltmarsh in Wales. These habitats make it a really important area for overwintering wildfowl and waders that feed here. Over 13,500 oystercatchers call this area home over winter. This is also an area which is home to curlews, the black-tailed godwit, dunlins, knots, shovelers, shelducks, pintails and whimbrels. The waters here provide a migratory route for salmon, lampreys and shad.


Designation Status
Designated
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



Coordinates

51° 39' 4" North,
4° 11' 33" West

Surface Area

66.74 km2
(25.77 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

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

Species

  • Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian wigeon (Anas penelope) (Regularly occurring migratory species)

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern pintail (Anas acuta) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian teal (Anas crecca) (Regularly occurring migratory species)