Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl SPA

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is in the southeast part of the northern section of the Irish sea - bordering north-west England and north Wales. Over 20,000 birds come to this site to feed on the small sea creatures that live in the sandy seabed. These include red-throated divers and sea ducks.

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 August 2010

Surface Area

1,703.81 km2 (657.84 mi.2)

Perimeter

436.33 km (271.12 mi.)

  • Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata)

    The smallest of Scotland’s diver species. Typically breeds on inland water bodies in open moorland or blanket bog landscapes. Feeds on a mix of freshwater and marine prey, mainly fish.

  • Waterfowl assemblage

    Important areas where a number of waterfowl species occur in significant numbers.

  • Black (common) scoter (Melanitta nigra)

    The common scoter is seaduck. The UK breeding population of this small diving seaduck has substantially declined and it is now a Red List species.

  • Marine areas, Sea inlets

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’

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

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