10 October 2012
During Autumn 2012 Natural England is carrying out informal dialogue with stakeholders about proposals for a marine Special Protection Area (SPA) along the south Cornwall coast between Falmouth Bay and St Austell Bay.
As part of the UK government’s ongoing obligations under the Wild Birds Directive, Natural England has assessed advice regarding possible new SPAs from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Using their survey work on the numbers and distribution of inshore waterbirds around the United Kingdom, along with other data obtained from this area, the coast between Falmouth Bay and St Austell Bay has been identified as holding internationally important aggregations of waterbirds.
Natural England is putting together a proposal for the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) consideration for an SPA, which would provide protection to the wintering waterbirds found there.
See TIN129 Proposals for a Special Protection Area between Falmouth Bay & St Austell for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss the proposals in more detail.
Further information on key species related to this pSPA: