Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore


Site overview: This site is on the north-west coast of England at the mouths of the Mersey and Dee estuaries. Lots of seabirds feed and nest here. In fact over winter, the area regularly supports 20,269 individual waterfowl including dunlins, knots, grey plovers, oystercatchers, cormorants, turnstones and redshanks.


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

53° 25' 8" North,
3° 8' 43" West

Surface Area

20.80 km2
(8.03 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)

Species

  • Sanderling (Calidris alba) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) (Annex I (species))

Assemblage

  • Waterfowl assemblage

Species

  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (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)
  • red knot (Calidris canutus islandica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Little gull (Larus minutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)