Irish Sea Front marine potential Special Protection Area

23 January 2017
 Manx shearwater © Neil Triggs
JNCC has launched a public consultation on the Irish Sea Front marine potential Special Protection Area (pSPA), situated in the Irish Sea approximately 35km southwest of the Isle of Man and 36km northwest of Anglesey. The aim of this pSPA is to provide protection to a particularly important foraging area of breeding Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus).


The location of the pSPA is close to the Western Irish Sea Front, which suggests that prey items for Manx shearwaters could aggregate in the area, and foraging conditions are favourable for the birds. Tracking studies from the past decade show that individuals from at least three different colonies around the Irish Sea use this area to forage.


The SPAs are protected sites classified under the EU Birds Directive to protect rare and vulnerable birds, as well as regularly occurring migratory birds, in the member states of the EU.


The consultation runs from Monday 23 January 2017 until midnight 20 April 2017 and seeks views  on the scientific case of the proposal. 


For detailed information visit Irish Sea Front pSPA. For more information on the pSPA , or to submit a response to the consultation, visit our consultation pages.