Outer Thames Estuary SPA
This site has been established to protect the red-throated divers, common terns and little terns that live here. An extension to this site is currently being considered that would mean more protection for the areas where these birds feed.
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 Area3,795.59 km2 (1,465.48 mi.2)
Perimeter778.97 km (484.03 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)51° 55' 1" North, 1° 32' 46" East
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
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
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