Site Overview

The site is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) first designated in 2005 in recognition of its estuarine and intertidal habitats and for the important migratory fish species which use the estuary.

Tweed Estuary (Photo: Berwickshire and Northumberland MNP)


An infographic for this marine protected area can be downloaded HERE


Boundary Map and available GIS data

The boundary for this site can be viewed HERE

Boundary maps of all English marine protected areas can be downloaded from Natural England at this link

Additional spatial data

The following spatial datasets may also be relevant to this site:

Additional spatial information, including the location of marine priority habitats, can be viewed and downloaded at the MAGIC website

An infographic for this MPA can be downloaded HERE

Conservation Objectives

The conservation objectives for the sites are:

Ensure that the integrity of the site is maintained or restored as appropriate, and ensure that the site contributes to achieving the Favourable Conservation Status of its Qualifying Features, by maintaining or restoring:

  • The extent and distribution of qualifying natural habitats and habitats of qualifying species
  • The structure and function (including typical species) of qualifying natural habitats
  • The structure and function of the habitats of qualifying species
  • The supporting processes on which qualifying natural habitats and the habitats of qualifying species rely
  • The populations of qualifying species, and, The distribution of qualifying species within the site

The site’s conservation objectives apply to the site and the individual species for which the site has been classified

Formal conservation advice has been published by Natural England and should be referred to.  This gives guidance on how to further the conservation objectives for the site, identifies the activities that are capable of affecting the qualifying features and the processes which the qualifying features are dependent upon.

The conservation advice can be viewed HERE

Natural England have also produced Supplementary Guidance on the Conservation Objectives for site which aim to describe the range of ecological attributes that are most likely to contribute to a site’s overall integrity.

Organisations with responsibility for MPA