Skomer, Skokholm and the seas off Pembrokeshire / Sgomer, Sgogwm a moroedd Benfro
Special Protection Area
United Kingdom: GB-WLS
This is a proposed marine extension to the existing Skokholm & Skomer SPA, which is already designated to protect internationally important seabird breeding colonies, in particular the huge population of Manx shearwater that breeds here, together with large numbers of lesser black backed gull, puffin and a number of other species. The proposed SPA includes the islands themselves, the waters immediately surrounding them and a large sea area extending from the coast of Pembrokeshire westwards into the Celtic Sea, including UK waters outside the 12 nautical mile limit of Welsh Territorial Sea. This proposed site is a joint recommendation by NRW and JNCC to the Welsh and UK Governments.
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.