Morecambe Bay

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Morecambe Bay

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    37,405 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    54°05'N 02°58'W
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Morecambe Bay. 04/10/96; England; 37,405 ha; 54°07'N 002°57'W. Special Area for Conservation, Special Protection Area, SSSI. Representing the largest continuous intertidal area in Britain, the site comprises the estuaries of five rivers, intertidal mud and sandflats, associated saltmarshes, shingle beaches, and other coastal habitats. It is part of a series of west coast estuaries of outstanding importance for numerous species of passage, breeding and wintering waterbirds. The site supports the third largest number of wintering wildfowl in Britain. Breeding birds include gulls and terns. Human activities include recreation, hunting, fishing, and livestock grazing. Site extended from 35,372 to 36,913 hectares in 1999. Ramsar site no. 863. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • nnr
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)