Anglesey Terns / Morwenoliaid Ynys Môn
Special Protection Area
United Kingdom: GB-WLS
The Anglesey Terns / Morwenoliaid Ynys Môn potential SPA extends around most of the east, north and west coasts of Anglesey, generally from the mean high water mark out to between 10 and 20 km from the shore. It is being proposed as a marine extension to the existing SPA designated in 1992 to protect the breeding tern colonies at Ynys Feurig, Cemlyn Bay and the Skerries, to include the marine area used by the foraging terns during the breeding season. No new protected species are proposed.
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.