National Nature Reserve, Special Protection Area EC Directive, SSSI. The area consists of a sand dunes system, freshwater and saltmarsh, extensive intertidal flats, and open water. The vegetation includes sedges (Carex spp), rushes, ferns, crowfoot, reed, sea holly, and sea campion. It supports Pluvialis squatarola (1.2% of the population), Limosa lapponica (0.6% of the population), and Branta bernicla bernicla (0.3% of the population). The site is used for recreation and grazing.
This site is currently under consideration for inclusion in the new UK MPA network. Having marine components does not automatically qualify a site to be part of the new MPA network. As such, the marine components of this site, as well as the management efforts, are being evaluated. Check out our MPApedia page on the UK for more information!