Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are special sites designated under the EU Birds Directive to protect rare, vulnerable and migratory birds.

The proposal for Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl is to extend the SPA to support internationally important populations of common tern, little tern and little gull.

This area is particularly important for the terns as much of the sea around their breeding colonies is the ideal habitat for plunge diving for food.

The proposal is also to add cormorant and red-breasted merganser to the waterbird assemblage as named species.

How to respond

This consultation runs for 13 weeks from 9 November 2016 to 8 February 2017 and is run in accordance with the government consultation principles.

The proposal is available as a series of separate documents. Members are invited to:

  • Read the departmental brief setting out the scientific case for the pSPA on the consultations page
  • Use the maps to locate the proposal site and extension area
  • Read the separate impact assessment on the Welsh portion of the site (available to read on the Natural Resources Wales website in English and Welsh languages)

Results from the consultation will be submitted as a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (SoS) and to Welsh ministers. Following consideration of that report, they will decide whether or not to classify the site as a SPA.

Further information

If you have any queries regarding the SPA consultation in England, please email them to: Liverpool.BaySPA@naturalengland.org.uk or post to:  FAO: Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl pSPA, Natural England, Hornbeam House, Electra Way, Crewe, CW1 6GJ.

If you have any queries regarding the SPA consultation in Wales, please email them to marine.n2k@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk or post to: FAO: Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl pSPA 6, Natural Resources Wales, Maes y Ffynnon, Bangor, LL57 2DW.

If you have any queries regarding the SPA consultation in offshore waters, please email them to Seabirds@jncc.gov.uk or post to: FAO: Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl pSPA, JNCC, Marine SPA consultation, Inverdee House, Baxter Street, Aberdeen, AB11 9QA.

Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the JNCC are providing joint advice to Defra and the Welsh Government respectively.