Lindisfarne SPA Objectives

Lindisfarne Special Protection Area (SPA) supports a vast number of birds together with their supporting habitats. The conservation objectives listed below are taken from the Regulation 33 Advice Package that was published by English Nature and Scottish Natural Heritage in 2000 under requirements of the 1994 Habitat Regulations. The conservation objectives focus on habitat condition rather than bird populations, as populations can change as a result of national or international trends or events. Annual counts for qualifying species are used by Natural England in the context of five year peak means, together with UK population and distribution trends to assess whether this SPA is contributing to the Favourable Conservation Status of the species across Europe. Only the intertidal habitats are included within the Management Scheme.

EC Birds Directive Annex I Species

Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Whooper swan (Cygnus Cygnus) and Little tern (Sterna albifrons).

Sub-features: Intertidal sand and mud flats, saltmarsh, eelgrass beds

Conservation objective: Subject to natural change, maintain in favourable condition the habitats for the internationally important populations of regularly occurring Annex I bird species, in particular:

  • Intertidal mudflat and sandflats
  • Saltmarsh
  • Eelgrass beds

Internationally Important Populations of Migratory Species

Greylag goose (Anser anser) and Light-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Bartailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) and Redshank (Tringa trotinus).

Sub-features: Intertidal sand and mud flats, saltmarsh, eelgrass beds

Conservation objective: Subject to natural change, maintain in favourable condition the habitats for the internationally important populations of regularly occurring migratory bird species, in particular:

  • Intertidal mudflat and sandflats
  • Saltmarsh
  • Eelgrass beds

Internationally Important Assemblage of Waterfowl

Over winter, the area regularly supports internationally important numbers of waterfowl including Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus), Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Light-bellied Brent Goose (Branta bernicla hrota), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Knot (Calidris canutus), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Eider (Somateria mollissima), Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra), Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina alpina), Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola).

Sub-features: Intertidal sand and mud flats, saltmarsh, eelgrass beds, rocky shores

Conservation objective: Subject to natural change, maintain in favourable condition the habitats for the internationally important assemblage of waterfowl, in particular:

  • Intertidal mudflat and sandflats
  • Salt marsh
  • Eelgrass beds
  • Rocky shores