Natural England held a consultation on the proposal to extend the Dungeness to Pett Level Special Protection Area and to designate a new Ramsar Site.
As the Government's statutory advisor Natural England is responsible for identifying possible SPAs and Ramsar sites and conducting, on behalf of Government, public consultation on proposals for these sites.
Designation involves several stages. The process is as follows:
The Dungeness to Pett Level SPA, including the proposed extensions detailed in the scientific case presented to Defra, qualifies for the following reasons:
The site regularly supports more than 1% of the GB populations of 12 species listed in Annex I of the EC Birds Directive – see table 1: (63kb).
The site regularly supports more than 1% of the biogeographical population of one regularly occurring migratory species, Shoveler Anas clypeata.
The site regularly supports more than 20,000 waterbirds during the non-breeding season.
In addition to supporting internationally important populations of birds listed in table one, the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay proposed Ramsar site also qualifies for the following reasons:
The site contains representative, rare, or unique examples of natural or near-natural wetland types such as vegetated annual drift lines, perennial vegetated stony banks, natural shingle wetlands, saline lagoons, freshwater pits and basin fens.
The site supports vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities associated with wetland habitats. These communities include rich and diverse assemblages of bryophytes, vascular plants and invertebrates that are rare, threatened or specially protected.
The formal three month public consultation on the proposals to extend the current SPA boundary and the designation of a Ramsar site started on 16 September 2010 and ended on 13 December 2010.
Whilst the purpose of the above designations is to conserve biodiversity, it is acknowledged that there is a need to take account of economic, social, cultural and regional issues in the context of the general objective of sustainable development.
Whilst all decision making regarding the identification and consideration of the designation must be made on the basis of scientific evidence alone, it is important that the social and economic impacts of this designation are understood. To this end an initial impact assessment has been produced by Natural England to meet with government guidance.
The scientific evidence supporting the designation was presented to Government in a departmental brief.
The purpose of the consultation was to seek the view of all interested parties on:
The formal consultation was conducted over a three month period, commencing 16 September 2010 until 13 December 2010. The full set of consultation documents and a copy of the pre-consultation leaflet are set out below.
Proposed Ramsar Site
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Responses that were sent to Natural England regarding the proposed designations could form part of the consideration of the designation of the new sites and the responses have been published in a summary report. If you do not wish your response or details to be publically available please inform us in writing to the address above so that if we receive a freedom of information request we can take this into account. Please note however that we are not bound to the confidentiality of your details irrespective of privacy statements within the responses you send. Please see our Freedom of information pages for more information.
If you would like to discuss the designation with us please contact us:
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Dungeness Consultation Team
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