Saturday, November 28, 2009

Liverpool Bay - public consultation.

Is Liverpool Bay a worthy protection area for birds - especially for Common Scoter and Red-throated Diver? 60-70,000 Common Scoter winter in Liverpool Bay (60% of the UK total) while 1,000 grebes (5% of the UK total) have been recorded. The decision to label Liverpool Bay as an SPA (Special Protection Area) with be presented to the respective English and Welsh governments in summer 2010 following three-months of public consultation. This designation will not protect the Bay from development but it will mean that any proposed schemes e.g. for wind farms, would be dealt with at a higher level of scrutiny.
See: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/marine/sacconsultation/default.aspx#livbay for details
and send comments to: natura2000.consultation@naturalengland.org.uk
Picture taken from BBC website, map from Natural England.

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