Bristol Channel Approaches / Dynesfeydd Môr Hafren
Special Area of Conservation
United Kingdom: GB-WLS
The Bristol Channel Approaches / Dynesfeydd Môr Hafren possible SAC extends across the western approaches to the Bristol Channel, from Carmarthen Bay in South Wales to the north coast of Devon and Cornwall. The landward boundary generally follows the mean low water mark. Much of the site lies in English territorial waters and offshore waters, therefore JNCC is also carrying out a consultation on this site.
A consultation to help conserve some of Wales’ most treasured marine wildlife is being launched today (Tuesday 19 January) by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). To respond to the consultation, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1QvJlQl
The proposals to create six new marine protected areas come after NRW and other conservation agencies across the UK spent several years studying a number of species and where they spend their time.
If agreed, these areas will help safeguard the habitats of internationally important populations of harbour porpoise and a number of seabirds including Manx shearwater, red throated diver, puffins and terns. The waters around Wales are particularly important for these species
Along with other European countries, Wales already has a series of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) on land and sea, and the proposed new areas will add to this network, called Natura 2000, which aims to conserve biodiversity right across the EU.
The proposals being consulted include new sites and extensions to existing protected areas.