Solent and Southampton Water

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Solent and Southampton Water

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    5,415 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    50°46'N 01°21'W
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Solent and Southampton Water. 01/10/98; England; 5,415 ha; 50°44'N 001°32'W. National Nature Reserve, SSSI. The site is comprised of estuaries and adjacent coastal habitats including intertidal flats, saline lagoons, shingle beaches, reefs, saltmarsh, and reedbeds, damp woodland, and grazing marsh. The site exhibits an "unusual strong double tidal flow" and has long periods of slack water at high and low tide. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering waterfowl (51,361 over the winter) including Charadrius hiaticula, Anas crecca and Branta bernicla bernicla, important breeding gull and tern populations, and an impressive assemblage of rare invertebrates and plants. Human activities include tourism, recreation, fishing, marine aquaculture, and hunting. Ramsar site no. 965. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

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