SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Burry Inlet

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Burry Inlet is a large estuarine complex located between the Gower Peninsula and Llanelli in South Wales. It includes extensive areas of intertidal sand- and mud-flats, together with large sand dune systems at the mouth of the estuary. The site contains the largest continuous area of saltmarsh in Wales (2,200 ha). The estuary experiences wide tidal fluctuations (about 8 m) which has the consequence of exposing a large extent of intertidal sediments on a regular basis. These are mostly sandy, but muddy substrates are to be found in more sheltered areas. The Burry Inlet regularly supports large numbers of overwintering wildfowl and waders that feed in the saltmarshes and on the intertidal areas. 


Qualifying species

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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;
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus, 13,590 individuals representing at least 1.5% of the wintering Europe & Northern/Western Africa population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
Pintail Anas acuta, 1,772 individuals representing at least 3.0% of the wintering Northwestern Europe population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)


Assemblage qualification: A wetland of international importance.
The area qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by regularly supporting at least 20,000 waterfowl
Over winter, the area regularly supports 34,962 individual waterfowl (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6) including: Curlew Numenius arquata, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa islandica, Dunlin Calidris alpina alpina, Knot Calidris canutus, Shoveler Anas clypeata, Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus, Pintail Anas acuta, Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus.



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