Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl Special Protection Area: Conservation Advice Package [version 1].

Published online
17 Mar 2023
Published by
Natural England
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England & UK & Wales


This conservation advice package describes the roles, responsibilities, conservation objectives, general site descriptions and information and operations advice of the Liverpool Bay/Bae Lerpwl Special Protection Area (SPA) in the UK. This area is located in both English and Welsh territorial waters and in offshore UK waters and forms part of the National Sites Network. The SPA was originally classified in 2010 for common scoter (Melanitta nigra), red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) and waterbird assemblage. In 2017, the SPA was reclassified by the UK and Welsh Governments to include three more bird species, including the non-breeding little gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus), breeding little tern (Sternula albifrons) and breeding common tern (Sterna hirundo). As part of the reclassification in 2017, the boundary of the SPA was extended to the north and west to support the addition of the little gull. This advice package for the Liverpool Bay/Bae Lerpwl SPA was jointly prepared by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and given in fulfillment of their duty under Regulation 37 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) given in fulfillment of their duty under Regulation 21 of the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

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