Abberton Reservoir

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Abberton Reservoir

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    726 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°49'N 00°51'E
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Abberton Reservoir. 24/07/81; England; 726 ha; 51°49'N 000°52'E. Special Protection Area EC Directive; SSSI, Statutory Bird Sanctuary. A large storage reservoir with three separate basins, located near the coast. Numerous species of molting, passage, wintering and feeding waterbirds use the site in nationally and internationally important numbers. Up to 39,000 waterbirds winter at the site. Also supported is the UK's only tree-nesting colony of Phalacrocorax carbo (360 pairs). Ramsar site no. 220. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • ncr
    • sssi
    • statutory bird sanctuary
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)