Irish Sea Front marine potential Special Protection Area
23 January 2017
JNCC has launched a public consultation on the Irish Sea Front
marine potential Special Protection Area (pSPA), situated in the
Irish Sea approximately 35km southwest of the Isle of Man and
36km northwest of Anglesey. The aim of this pSPA is to provide
protection to a particularly important foraging area of breeding
Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus).
The location of the pSPA is close to the Western Irish Sea
Front, which suggests that prey items for Manx shearwaters could
aggregate in the area, and foraging conditions are favourable for
the birds. Tracking studies from the past decade show that
individuals from at least three different colonies around the Irish
Sea use this area to forage.
The 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
The consultation runs from Monday 23 January 2017 until
midnight 20 April 2017 and seeks views on
the scientific case of the proposal.
For detailed information visit Irish Sea Front
pSPA. For more information on the pSPA , or to submit
a response to the consultation, visit
our consultation pages.