Lindisfarne is situated in north-east England off the Northumberland coast near Berwick-upon-Tweed. As well as the island of Lindisfarne (Holy Island), the site includes extensive mud-flats south of Holy Island and at Budle Bay. The area comprises a range of coastal habitats, including rocky shore, sand dunes, saltmarsh and intertidal sand- and mud-flats with extensive beds of EelgrassZostera spp., an important food source for wintering birds. The site supports internationally important numbers of wintering waterbirds on the flats and saltmarsh. In particular, it is of major international importance in autumn and early winter in holding a high proportion of the Svalbard population of Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota. In summer, the site supports important numbers of several breeding tern species that feed in the shallow waters around the site.