Great news as England’s largest seabird colony receives extra protection!

Thursday 2nd August 2018

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Currently some of the UKs most iconic seabird species, such as the gannet, kittiwake and the puffin, are protected by a Marine Protected Area (MPA, like a nature reserve at sea) covering the towering white chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head and Filey Coast in Yorkshire This area is a haven for our seabirds and the rich waters just off the headland provide these seabirds with vital food supplies for both the adults and their young while nesting. Now, in recognition of the areas importance for seabirds, the current MPA is being extended in size by another 76km2. This will increase the area of the sea that is protected giving the seabirds a safer, less disturbed, space in which to forage, feed and rest on the water’s surface.

These new safeguards for seabirds will help our most precious and iconic wildlife to thrive, and protect our marine environment for future generations to enjoy

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: "We are a world leader in protecting our marine environment, with a third of our waters already protected as part of our Blue Belt. These new safeguards for seabirds will help our most precious and iconic wildlife to thrive, and protect our marine environment for future generations to enjoy."

The news of the extension to this protected area comes during The Wildlife Trusts ‘National Marine Weeks’, during which lots of events and activities are held around our marine and coastal areas. The events give people a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diverse range of habitats and animals living in and around British seas. If you’d like to join us for an event, check out your local Wildlife Trusts website and events guide to find out what’s on near you.