SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Martin Mere

image: SPA location map 

 

Martin Mere is located north of Ormskirk in West Lancashire, north-west England. It occupies part of a former lake and mire that extended over some 1,300 ha of the Lancashire Coastal Plain during the 17th century. The complex comprises open water, seasonally flooded marsh and damp, neutral hay meadows overlying deep peat. It includes a wildfowl refuge of international importance, with a large and diverse wintering, passage and breeding bird community. In particular, there are significant wintering populations of Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii and Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus and Pintail Anas acuta. There is considerable movement of wintering birds between this site and the nearby Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA. 

 


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:

 

Over winter;
 
Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii, 449 individuals representing at least 6.4% of the wintering population in Great Britain (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, 621 individuals representing at least 11.3% 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;
 
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, 25,779 individuals representing at least 11.5% of the wintering Eastern Greenland/Iceland/UK population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
 
Pintail Anas acuta, 978 individuals representing at least 1.6% of the wintering 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 46,196 individual waterfowl (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6) including: Pochard Aythya ferina, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos, Teal Anas crecca, Wigeon Anas penelope, Pintail Anas acuta, Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii.

 


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.