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The numbers of inshore waterbirds using the Greater Thames during the non-breeding season; an assessment of of the area's potential for qualification as a marine SPA 2009

Marine JNCC Publications Protected Areas Seabird Surveys 0963-8091 Birds Birds of particular localities Coastal and Estuarine Estuaries Evidence Important bird sites JNCC report series Monitoring Seabirds Species Surveillance and Monitoring 374

Abstract

Aerial surveys of the Greater Thames were carried out over a total of 58 days over eight winter seasons between 1988/89 and 2006/07. These consisted of three strip transect aerial surveys (1988/89, 1989/90) and 20 line transect aerial surveys (2001/02-2006/07) conducted by JNCC, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, and the Natural Environmental Research Institute, Denmark.

The species recorded were: common eider Somateria mollissima, common scoter Melanitta nigra, velvet scoter M. fusca, red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator, red-throated diver Gavia stellata, great northern diver G. immer, black-throated diver G. arctica, great crested grebe Podiceps cristatus and little gull Larus minutus.

The first part of this report describes analyses of these data to determine the numbers of birds present for each species. The second part of this report assesses those numbers against the appropriate guideline thresholds, to determine whether the area, or part of it, might meet the site selection requirements under Stage 1 of the UK Site Selection Guidelines as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the European Union Birds Directive.

Based on the available data, an estimated 8,355 individual inshore waterbirds regularly use the inshore waters of the Greater Thames during the non-breeding season. This estimate does not exceed the appropriate Stage 1 threshold (20,000 individuals) for an assemblage of non-breeding waterbirds under the UK SPA site selection guidelines.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2009··

Citation
Webb, A., Dean, B.J., O’Brien, S.H., Söhle, I., McSorley, C., Reid, J.B., Cranswick, P.A., Smith, L.E. & Hall, C. 2009. The numbers of inshore waterbirds using the Greater Thames during the non-breeding season; an assessment of the area’s potential for qualification as a marine SPA. JNCC Report No. 374, JNCC, Peterborough.

Lineage
Aerial surveys of the Greater Thames were carried out over a total of 58 days over eight winter seasons between 1988/89 and 2006/07.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·05·27

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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