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Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for England, Scotland and Wales those sites which have been identified as meeting the criteria for designation under the EEC birds directive as special protection areas and under the Ransar convention; when these sites will be designated; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) on 18 December 1986 at column 673–74, which gave details of those sites which have been designated under the EC birds directive and the Ramsar convention. Details of those sites which in the opinion of the Nature Conservancy Council meet the criteria for designation as special protection areas and/or Ramsar sites are as follows:

England

County

Type

Upper Solway Flats and MarshesCumbria (also part South West Scotland)SPA/R
Solway MossesCumbriaR
RavenglassCumbriaR
Esthwaite WaterCumbriaR
Duddon MossesCumbriaR
Duddon EstuaryCumbriaSPA/R
Morecombe BayCumbria/Lancashi reSPA/R
Bowland FellsLancashireSPA
Thorne and Hatfield MoorsSouth Yorkshire/HumbersideSPA/R
LindisfarneNorthumberlandSPA
Northumberland CoastNorthumberlandSPA/R
Muggleswick, Stanhope and Wolsingham CommonsDurhamSPA
Bollihope and Middleton CommonsDurhamSPA
Upper Teesdale and Moor HouseDurham, North Yorkshire, CumbriaSPA/R
Bowes MoorDurhamSPA
Teesmouth and Cleveland CoastClevelandSPA/R
Spaunton, Wheeldale, Egton and Glaisdale MoorsNorth YorkshireSPA
Abbotside, Askrigg and Mallerstang CommonsNorth Yorkshire/CumbriaSPA
Malham TarnNorth YorkshireR
Flamborough Head and Bempton CliffsHumbersideSPA
Hornsea MereHumbersideSPA
Humber Flats, Marshes and CoastHumberside/LincolnshireSPA/R
Mersey EstuaryMerseyside/CheshireSPA/R
Midland Meres and MossesCheshire/Shropshire/StaffordshireR
Peak District MoorsDerbyshire/South Yorkshire/StaffordshireSPA
Walmore CommonGloucestershireSPA/R
Rutland WaterLeicestershireSPA/R
Nene WashesCambridgeshireSPA/R
Ouse WashesCambridgeshire/NorfolkSPA
The WashLincolnshire/NorfolkSPA/R
North Norfolk CoastNorfolkSPA
Dersingham BogNorfolkR
Roydon CommonNorfolkR
Upper Thurne Broads and MarshesNorfolkSPA/R
Ant Broads and MarshesNorfolkSPA/R
Bure Broads and MarshesNorfolkSPA/R
Yare Broads and MarshesNorfolkSPA/R
Redgrave and Lopham FensNorfolk/SuffolkR
Breckland HeathsNorfolk/SuffolkSPA
Minsmere—WalberswickSuffolkSPA
Orfordness-HavergateSuffolkSPA/R
Chippenham FenCambridgeshireR
Stour and Orwell EstuarySuffolk/EssexSPA/R
Hamford WaterEssexSPA/R
Blackwater, Colne and DengieEssexSPA/R
River Crouch MarshesEssexSPA/R
Foulness and Maplin SandsEssexSPA/R
Benfleet and Southend MarshesEssexSPA/R
Isles of Scilly Coastal HabitatsCornwallSPA/R
Exe EstuaryDevonSPA/R
Taw and Torridge EstuaryDevonSPA
Somerset Levels and MoorsSomersetSPA/R
Poole BasinDorsetSPA/R
Horton Common and Holt HeathDorsetSPA
Porton DownWiltshire/HampshireSPA
Windsor Forest and Great ParkBerkshireSPA
Avon ValleyHampshireSPA/R
New ForestHampshireSPA/R
West Solent MarshesHampshire/Isle of WightSPA
Woolmer ForestHampshireSPA
Chichester and Langstone HarboursHampshire/West SussexSPA/R
Lea ValleyGreater LondonSPA
Inner Thames MarshesGreater London/EssexSPA/R
Chobham to Yateley CommonsSurrey/Hampshire/BerkshireSPA
Thursley, Hankley and Frensham CommonsSurreySPA
AmberleyWest SussexR
Pagham HarbourWest SussexSPA/R
Pevensey LevelsEast SussexSPA/R
Dungeness—Pett LevelsKent/East SussexSPA/R
StodmarshKentSPA/R
South Thames MarshesKentSPA/R
Medway Estuary and MarshesKentSPA/R
Thanet CoastKentSPA/R

Scotland

District

Type

North Rona and Sula SgeirWestern IslesSPA
Flannan IslesWestern IslesSPA
St. KildaWestern IslesSPA
Shiant IslesWestern IslesSPA
West Sound of HarrisWestern IslesSPA/R
Loch An DuinWestern IslesR
Monach IslesWestern IslesSPA
BalramaldWestern IslesSPA/R
Baleshare and KirkibostWestern IslesSPA/R
Bagh Nam Foailean-ArdivacharWestern IslesSPA/R
Iochdair and Geirinish Machair and Loch BeeWestern IslesSPA/R
Na Meadhoinean IarWestern IslesSPA/R
Machair Lochs, South VistWestern IslesR
West Sound of BarraWestern IslesSPA/R
Mingulay and BernerayWestern IslesSPA
Caithness CliffsCaithnessSPA
Caithness LochsCaithnessSPA/R
The PeatlandsCaithness and SutherlandSPA/R
Durness Lochs and StreamsSutherlandR
HandaSutherlandSPA
Loch Assynt, Loch Urigill and nearby LochsSutherlandSPA/R
Loch Fleet and The MoundSutherlandR
Loch MorarLochaberR
Loch MareeRoss and CromartySPA/R
Lower Dornoch FirthRoss and Cromarty/SutherlandSPA/R
Cromarty FirthRoss and CromartySPA/R
Affric-Cannich Hills and GlensInvernessSPA
Lochs Ashie and RuthvenInvernessSPA
Beauly FirthInvernessSPA/R
Moray Firth (Munlochy Bayh-Findhorn Bay)Moray/InvernessSPA/R
Hermaness, UnstShetlandSPA/R
Croussa Field and The HeogsShetlandSPA
FetlarShetlandSPA
Blackpark, YellShetlandSPA
Ramna Stacks and GruneyShetlandSPA
North Roe, MainlandShetlandR
Papa StourShetlandR
FoulaShetlandSPA/R
NossShetlandSPA
Mousa (part)ShetlandSPA
Loch SpiggieShetlandSPA/R
Fair IsleShetlandSPA
North Ronaldsay CoastOrkneySPA/R
East SandayOrkneySPA/R
Southeastern StronsayOrkneySPA/R
Papa Westray (North Hill and Holm)OrkneySPA
West WestrayOrkneySPA
South Westray CoastOrkneySPA/R
EdayOrkneySPA
Rousay (part)OrkneySPA
Mill Dam, ShapinsayOrkneySPA/R
Marwick HeadOrkneySPA
North Mainland CoastOrkneySPA/R
West Mainland MoorsOrkneySPA
Lochs of Harray and StennessOrkneySPA/R
Orphir and Stenness HillsOrkneySPA
HoyOrkneySPA
Svle Skerry and StackOrkneySPA
Moray Firth (Burghead and Spey Bays)Moray/Inverness/GrampianSPA/R
Loch SpynieMoray/GrampianSPA/R
Loch OireMoray/GrampianSPA
Troup, Pennan and Lions HeadsBanff and BuchanSPA
Quarry Head—Fraserburgh CoastBanff and BuchanSPA/R
Loch of OtrathbayBanff and BuchanSPA/R
Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle LochsGordonSPA/R
FowlsheughKincardineSPA
Muir of DinnetKincardineSPA/R
St. CyrusKincardineSPA
Glen TamarKincardineSPA
LochnagarKincardineSPA
CairngormsBadenoch and Strathspey KincardineSPA
Abernethy ForestBadenoch and StrathspeySPA
KinveachyBadenoch and StrathspeySPA
Loch VaaBadenoch and StrathspeySPA
Loch AlvieBadenoch and StrathspeySPA
River Spey—Insh MarshesBadenoch and StrathspeySPA/R

Scotland

District

Type

Tiree and CollArgyll and ButeSPA/R
Trenish IslesArgyll and ButeSPA
North Colonsay and Western CliffsArgyll and ButeSPA
Islay : RinnsArgyll and ButeSPA/R
Islay : Glac Na CricheArgyll and ButeSPA/R
Islay : Feur LochainArgyll And ButeSPA/R
Islay : Loch GruinartArgyll and ButeSPA/R
Islay : Bridgend FlatsArgyll and ButeSPA/R
Islay : LagganArgyll and ButeSPA
Islay : Eilean Na Muice Dubn (Duich Moss)Argyll and ButeSPA/R
Islay : The OaArgyll and Bute
RhunahaorineArgyll and ButeSPA/R
Machrihanish and Tangy LochArgyll and ButeSPA/R
SandaArgyll and ButeSPA
North End of ButeArgyll and ButeSPA
North Arran MountainsCunninghameSPA
Alisa CraigKyle and CarrickSPA
Loch LomondDumbarton, StirlingSPA
Inner Clyde EstuaryDumbartonSPA/R
Lochinch and Torrs WarrenWigtownSPA/R
Mochrum and Castle LochsAnnadale and EskdaleSPA
Wigtown BayWigtownSPA/R
Loch Ken and Dee MarshesStewartySPA/R
CaenlochanAngus, Perth and KinrossSPA
Montrose BasinAngusSPA/R
Loch of LintranthenAngusSPA
Tay-Isla ValleyPerth and KinrossSPA/R
Dupplin LochsPerth and KinrossSPA/R
Drummond LochsPerth and KinrossSPA/R
Carscbrech and Rhynd LochsPerth and KinrossSPA/R
Loch LevenPerth and KinrossSPA
Drumochter HillsBadenoch and Strathsprey, Perth and KinrossSPA
Ben DubhacraigStirlingSPA
Flanders Moss and Lake of MenteithStirlingSPA/R
Firth of TayPerth and Kinross/Dundee/North East FifeSPA/R
Eden Estuary, Tentsmuir Point and Abertayh SandsNorth East Fife/AngusSPA/R
Cameron ReservoirNorth East FifeSPA/R
Inner Firth of ForthFalkirk/Dumfermline East Lothian/Edinburgh/North East Fife/SPA/R
Outer Firth of ForthKirkcaldySPA/R
Forth IslandsEast Lothian/Kirkcaldy/North East FifeSPA
Fala FlowMidlothianSPA/R
WestwaterTweeddaleSPA/R
Moorfoot HillsTweeddaleR
Gladhouse ReservoirMidlothianSPA/R
Hoselaw LochRoxburghSPA/R
Greenlaw Moor and Hule MossBerwickSPA/R
St. Abbs Head to Fast CastleBerwickSPA

Wales

County

Type

BerwynClwyd/Powys/GwyneddSPA
Llyn IdwalGwyneddR
Llyn TegidGwyneddR
MigneintGwyneddR
Traeth Lagan (Lavan Sands) Conway BayGwyneddSPA
Anglesey FensGwyneddR
Ynys Feurig and Cemlyn BayGwyneddSPA
Holy Island CoastGwyneddSPA
Barsey Island & Averdaron CoastGwyneddSPA
Elenydd-MallaenPowysSPA
Cors CaronDyfedR
LlangloffenDyfedR
Pembrokeshire CliffsDyfedSPA
Skokholm and SkomerDyfedSPA
Carmarthen BayDyfedSPA/R
Burry InletDyfed/West GlamorganSPA/R
Swansea Bay—BlackpillWest Glamorgan South Glamorgan/Gwent (also GloucestershireSPA/R
Severn EstuaryAvon & Somerset)SPA/R

It is our policy to designate sites under the EC birds directive or the Ramsar convention only when we are satisfied that they meet the appropriate criteria for designation and have been properly protected through

notification as sites of special scientific interest. Progress in designating further sites is thus dependent upon the SSSI notification programme.