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Identification of Marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) 2018

Marine Protected Areas Seabirds

Abstract

Identifying important sites for birds in the marine environment is challenging. It is difficult to collect good quality information on the ecology of birds at sea, due to the logistical and financial implications of collecting data within the vast extent of UK waters. This document sets out how SPAs are selected, how the data for SPAs are collected and analysed, and covers the following specific types of SPAs:

  • Marine extensions to existing seabird breeding colony SPAs;
  • Inshore wintering waterbird aggregations; Seabird aggregations;
  • Foraging areas for breeding larger terns;
  • Foraging areas for breeding little terns;
  • Foraging areas for breeding red-throated divers; and
  • European shags.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2018·08·01

Lineage
This document sets out how SPAs are selected, how the data for SPAs is collected and analysed

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·12·13

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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