Morecambe Bay's European Marine Site

Morecambe Bay is designated as a Natura 2000 site – part of a European network of sites highly valued for their wildlife and habitats. The Bay is of international significance for the biodiversity that it supports.  It is a Special Protection Area (SPA), Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Ramsar site.  The intertidal and subtidal parts of these designations form the European Marine Site. 

Morecambe Bay Partnership provides the secretariat to the Management Group for the European marine site which brings the Relevant Authorities together to ensure the site is appropriately managed.

The features for which Morecambe Bay has been recognised as of European importance are described here.


The maps below indicate the location of the Morecambe Bay SPA and SAC and the Duddon Estuary SPA and the special features of each area:


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