European Site Conservation Objectives for Poole Harbour SPA

This record provides Natural England’s advice on the Conservation Objectives for this European Site.

These Conservation Objectives are those referred to in the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (‘the Habitats Regulations’) and Article 6(3) of the European Habitats Directive. They provide a framework which should inform any ‘Habitats Regulations Assessments’ (which may include an Appropriate Assessment) that a competent authority may be required to make under the legislation referred to above. In addition, they can be used to inform any measures necessary to conserve or restore the European Site and/or to prevent the deterioration or significant disturbance of its qualifying features as required under the provisions of Articles 4(1) and 4(2) of the Wild Birds Directive and Article 6(2) of the Habitats Directive respectively.

Draft Supplementary Advice to support this site’s formal Conservation Objectives is available as part of this European Marine Site’s Conservation Advice at

The Citation represents a formal description of the reasons why the site has been classified as a Special Protection Area (SPA). This document formed part of the formal consultation with owners, occupiers and stakeholders on the proposal to classify the site as a SPA.

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Downloads available for this record

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Poole Harbour SPA Citation - 2016, PDF, 176.2 KB 2017/12/20
Poole Harbour SPA Conservation Objectives, PDF, 127.9 KB 2017/12/20
Poole Harbour SPA Citation (archived), PDF, 615.5 KB 2014/09/26


This record relates to the location identified by the marker on the map:

Related Access to Evidence records

Site Improvement Plan: Poole Harbour (SIP176)
A review of Poole Harbour Special Protection Area (TIN168)
Poole Harbour SPA (UK9010111)
Comparison of the abundance and distribution of birds along the northern shore of Poole Harbour by day and by night (NECR017)