SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay

image: SPA location map 


Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay SPA is located at the north-eastern tip of Kent in southern England. It is a coastal site consisting of a long stretch of rocky shore, adjoining areas of estuary, sand dune, maritime grassland, saltmarsh and grazing marsh. The site holds important numbers of Turnstone Arenaria interpres, and is also used by large numbers of migratory birds as they make landfall in Britain in spring or depart for continental Europe in autumn. 


Qualifying species

For individual species accounts visit the Species Accounts section


This site qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:


Over winter;
Turnstone Arenaria interpres, 940 individuals representing at least 1.3% of the wintering Western Palearctic - wintering population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)


Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site in these pages does not imply any right of public access.
Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.