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Internationally Important Sites

The Gosport Local Plan Policies Map identifies internationally important nature conservation designations which are subject to the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.

 

Special Protection Area (SPA)

SPAs are designated under the European Union Birds Directive and Member States are required to protect rare and vulnerable species of bird.


Potential Special Protection Area (pSPAs) are given the same status as Special Protection Areas.

 

Ramsar Sites

These are wetland areas of international importance designated by Government under the terms of the Ramsar Convention.

 

Special Area of Conservation (SAC)

Areas designated as SACs are considered important for its wildlife, they are recommended by the Government under the European Habitats Directive.

 

Sites in Gosport


Portsmouth Harbour

Portsmouth Harbour is a Special Protection Area and Ramsar site and so is of international importance.  The area contains a number of important habitats including inter-tidal mudflats and marshes which support internationally important wetland bird species.

Portsmouth Harbour SPA information sheet (JNCC) 

Portsmouth Harbour Ramsar information sheet (JNCC)

 

Gilkicker Lagoon

Gilkicker Lagoon is a saline lagoon which is a rare habitat in Britain.  It supports specialised flora and fauna including several national rarities.  This site is also a Ramsar site as well as a Special Area of Conservation.

Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons SAC information sheet (JNCC) 

Solent and Southampton Water Ramsar information sheet (JNCC)


The Solent and Dorset Coast Potential Special Protection Area is currently under consideration and includes parts of Gosport Borough. It is being designated as it is an important area used by breeding terns for foraging during April – September.


Bird Aware Solent

The Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership (SRMP) operates the Bird Aware Solent project which aims to reduce recreational disturbance on internationally important habitats (SPAs & Ramsar sites) around the Solent for over-wintering birds. This includes the requirement for developer contributions for new dwellings in the Solent area. This is in accordance with the policy LP42 of the Gosport Borough Local Plan.


Other documents

Also of relevance is the Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy.

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