Consultation launched on the Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl marine potential Special Protection Area


9 November 2016


Today a consultation on a marine potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) has been launched - the  expansion of the existing Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl SPA. The proposal will extend the SPA  towards the north and the west to incorporate areas which are  important for little gulls during the winter months. The proposed extension also includes foraging areas which are important during the breeding season for little terns from the Dee Estuary SPA and for common terns from the Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore SPA. The species currently protected by the existing SPA will be retained in the new proposal.

SPAs are protected sites classified under the EU Birds Directive to protect rare and vulnerable birds, as well as regularly occurring migratory birds, in the member states of the EU.

The Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl pSPA straddles  the 12 nautical mile (nm)  limit and falls under the shared responsibility of  JNCC, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. Natural England and Natural Resources Wales are responsible  for the areas  of the pSPA in English and Welsh territorial waters respectively (within 12nm) and JNCC has responsibility  for the  offshore waters area (beyond 12nm). The joint consultation runs from 12am on Wednesday 9 November 2016 until 5pm on 8 February 2017 and seeks views on the scientific case of the proposal.  

Detailed information on the Liverpool Bay pSPA can be found at Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl pSPA. For more  information on the  pSPA , or to submit a response to the consultation,  visit our  consultation pages or Natural England’s consultation pages