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Wildlife

Morecambe Bay is exceptional for the extent and quality of its natural landscape. From salt marshes and sand dunes, to woodlands and limestone grasslands, its patchwork of diverse habitats make Morecambe Bay a haven for wildlife. These habitats in turn support a myriad of species that characterise and give identity to the fringes of Morecambe Bay, including breeding and wintering coastal birds, spectacular wildflowers, rare butterflies and specialist moths. Many of Morecambe Bay’s most charismatic species face global declines, making the landscapes of Morecambe Bay internationally important for wildlife.

Sadly, changing land management, habitat quality, human behaviour and invasive species have all led to species declines, and in some cases extinctions, along the fringes of Morecambe Bay.

By encouraging community volunteering we are helping to connect priority habitats around the Bay; joining up, restoring and managing coastal habitats at a landscape scale. We also strive to improve and safeguard the places that iconic wildlife such as terns, eiders and curlew need to survive and thrive, and promote wildlife-friendly behaviours to locals and visitors to the Bay. This protects declining species from harmful disturbance and improves wildlife awareness in the community.

Protect and Respect the Bay

Remember to follow the Morecambe Bay Coastal Code to help protect the wildlife and wild places of the Bay.

Read the Coastal Code