UK’s ‘blue belt’ ex­panded

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE United King­dom’s marine “Blue Belt” is ex­pand­ing to pro­tect rare seabirds’ habi­tats.

Nearly 150,000 rare seabirds, in­clud­ing the lit­tle tern and black-throated diver, will ben­e­fit from moves to ex­pand the Blue Belt, which is made up of clas­si­fied Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas (SPAs).

The lat­est ex­pan­sion will add a 24-mile stretch of coast­line be­tween Fal­mouth Bay and St Austell Bay in Corn- wall to the Blue Belt, which al­ready pro­tects 23% of UK wa­ters, and more than 300 sites across land.

The move is in­tended to pro­tect pop­u­la­tions of rare, vul­ner­a­ble and mi­gra­tory birds.

A fur­ther marine SPA has also been an­nounced in the Ir­ish Sea be­tween the Isle of Man and An­gle­sey, home to the largest known ag­gre­ga­tion of Manx shear­wa­ters.

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