Poole Harbour

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Poole Harbour

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    2,439 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    50°41'N 02°01'W
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Poole Harbour. 22/07/99; England; 2,439 ha; 50°40'N 002°01'W. National Nature Reserve, Special Protection Area EC Directive, SSSI. The site is described as the best and largest example in Britain of a bar-built estuary with lagoon characteristics. It is composed of salt marshes, peatland mires, swamps, and fens. The site supports two species of nationally rare plants and one nationally rare alga, as well as at least three Red Data Book species of invertebrate. There are also internationally important numbers of waterfowl, including Sterna hirundo and Larus melanocephalus. The area is used for nature conservation, recreation, permanent pastoral agriculture, and fishing. Ramsar site no. 1005. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • nnr
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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