Report 498
The numbers and distribution of inshore waterbirds along the south Cornwall coast during winter
(2014)
O'Brien, H.S., Win, I., Parson, M,. Allock, Zoe., Reid J.B.
The EC Birds Directive requires EU Member States to identify SPAs in the sea and land areas where the Directive applies. This report outlines the methods and results of surveys undertaken to determine the numbers of wintering waterbirds regularly using the South Cornwall Coast AoS

Introduction

 
The EC Birds Directive requires that EU Member States identify Special Protection Areas (SPAs) on both land and sea.  The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), on behalf of Natural England and the other Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, identified 45 Areas of Search (AoS) around the UK that were suspected to support important aggregations of wintering divers, seaduck and grebes that might warrant protection in SPAs.  The aim of this report is to quantify the numbers and distribution of divers, seaduck and grebes regularly using the inshore marine area along the coast of south Cornwall.  It considers whether the area meets the UK SPA Selection Guidelines in respect of the numbers of inshore waterbirds that use the area outwith the breeding season.
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: O'Brien, H.S., Win, I., Parson, M,. Allock, Zoe., Reid J.B., (2014), The numbers and distribution of inshore waterbirds along the south Cornwall coast during winter, JNCC Report 498, ISSN 0963 8091