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Further protections for Poole Harbour SSSI

23 Jan 2019

Natural England has extended the Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by 40% to protect its unique range of wildlife.

A further 1,800 hectares (ha) of land and sea will be brought within the site to help protect its valuable habitats, including subtidal areas. The area is known for its important wildlife, including: avocet, spoonbill, black-tailed godwit, peacock worms and sponges. 

Natural England’s Interim Chief Executive, Marian Spain, said: "Natural England is here to make sure that people and nature can thrive, through sustainable stewardship of the land and sea. I am delighted therefore that we have been able to extend the protection for this internationally important site. Poole Harbour is one of the very few SSSIs to include important subtidal habitat, home to an abundance of species including dense forests of Peacock Worms."

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