Birds: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the phase two recommendations of sites qualifying in relation to bittern are (a) existing Special Protection Areas (SPA) that require reclassifying to add bittern as a feature, (b) restored reedbed habitat outside of existing SPAs and (c) newly created reedbed habitat outside of existing SPAs.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Phase two of the current review of the UK Special Protection Area (SPA) network includes a number of options to promote conservation/protection of bittern. Four existing SPAs appear to support bittern in significant numbers and which are not currently classified for bitterns. In relation to restored and newly created reedbed habitats outside of existing SPA a number of sites have been identified that could be considered for SPA classification.

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