SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Gibraltar Point

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Gibraltar Point is located on the Lincolnshire coast in eastern England. It lies north of The Wash and consists of an actively accreting sand-dune system, saltmarsh and extensive intertidal flats. All stages of dune development are represented with the older dunes extensively colonised by scrub. There are also small areas of freshwater marsh and open water. The site accommodates large numbers of overwintering birds and significant colonies of breeding terns. The terns feed outside the SPA in nearby waters. The site is also important for waders during the spring and autumn passage period.
 
To the south, the coastal habitats of Gibraltar Point SPA are continuous with The Wash SPA, with which area the ecology of this site is intimately linked.
 

Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
 
During the breeding season;
 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons, 23 pairs representing at least 1.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain (5 year mean, 1992-1996)
 
Over winter;
 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica, 719 individuals representing at least 1.4% of the wintering population in Great Britain (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
 
This site also qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:
 
Over winter;
 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola, 2,017 individuals representing at least 1.3% of the wintering Eastern Atlantic - wintering population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
 
Knot Calidris canutus, 10,155 individuals representing at least 2.9% of the wintering Northeastern Canada/Greenland/Iceland/Northwestern Europe population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
 
Assemblage qualification: A wetland of international importance.
 
The area qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by regularly supporting at least 20,000 waterfowl
 
Over winter, the area regularly supports 22,137 individual waterfowl (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6) including: Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus, Knot Calidris canutus, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola, Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

 


Note:

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Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.