Identification of important marine areas in the UK for red-throated divers (Gavia stellata) during the breeding season 2015
The Birds Directive states that conservation measures should be taken both in ‘the geographical sea and land area’, but most SPAs in the United Kingdom currently do not include marine areas beyond the mean low water mark (or mean low water springs in Scotland). Work to identify the most important marine bird sites which may be further considered for SPAs beyond the low water mark is currently being undertaken by the JNCC, in collaboration with the four UK country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs): Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Natural England (NE) and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland (DOENI).
As far as possible the UK SPA selection guidelines applied in the identification of terrestrial SPAs (Stroud et al 2001) are also applied in the marine environment.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2015·03·01
Black, J., Dean, B.J., Webb, A., Lewis, M., Okill, D. & Reid, J.B. (2015) Identification of important marine areas in the UK for red-throated divers (Gavia stellata) during the breeding season, JNCC Report No. 541, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
As part of work to identify possible marine sites for consideration as Special Protection Areas (SPAs), JNCC and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) aimed to identify important marine areas for red-throated divers (Gavia stellata) during the breeding season
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Metadata date 2019·09·30
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