Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl SPA
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 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 August 2010
Surface Area1,703.81 km2 (657.84 mi.2)
Perimeter436.33 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.
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.
Did you know?…
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
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘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