The Gosport Local Plan Review Proposals 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.
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 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 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)
Also of relevance is the Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy.