Ribble & Alt Estuaries

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Ribble & Alt Estuaries

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    13,464 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    53°40'N 03°00'W
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Ribble and Alt Estuaries. 28/11/85; England; 13,464 ha; 53°43'N 002°59'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive, SSSI. A large area, including two estuaries, extensive sand and mudflats, saltmarsh and dunes. The tidal flats and saltmarsh support internationally important populations of wintering waterbirds. Internationally important vegetation communities and amphibian populations occur in the sand dunes. Human activities include tourism, livestock grazing, hunting, and large-scale industrial and military activities. There are port facilities, as well as oil and gas production and exploration activities, in the surroundings. Extended on 16/02/95 from the former Ramsar Site known as Alt Estuary. Ramsar site no. 325. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

Administrative region: 
England and Lancashire

  • National legal designation: 
    • nnr
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)