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Consultation on Proposed Changes to Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island Special Protection Area (SPA)

The existing SPA is located at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula in north-west Wales

The consultation is now closed:

Natural Resources Wales is in the process of considering and responding to the representations we have received. We will collate the consultation responses and present these to the Welsh Government. A summary of responses made to Natural Resources Wales will be made publicly available on the website in due course.

How will I find out about the decision?

The final decision will be made by the Welsh Minister for Natural Resources and Food on whether to make the changes to the SPAs. Natural Resources Wales will write to stakeholders, including those who have made representations, to inform them of the Minister’s decision and update the information on our website.

Existing Special Protection Area (SPA)

The site consists of Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) and a length of adjacent coastline together with two small islands; Ynysoedd Gwylanod / the Gwylans.

The existing site supports a population of breeding chough, and a large breeding colony of Manx shearwaters.

For additional information on the existing site please see the Natural Resources Wales Glannau Aberdaron ac Ynys Enlli / Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island SPA web page with the existing map and Register of European Sites Entry which lists the birds the site protects.

Proposed Changes to site

A recommendation from formal advice to the UK government known as the ‘2001 SPA review’ (Stroud et al. 2001) proposes changes to the list of qualifying species. The proposed additional qualifying species is non-breeding population of chough.

The 2001 SPA review itself does not recommend any boundary changes for this additional feature. However, a further proposed change to meet obligations under the European Council Birds’ Directive to identify the most suitable territories in the sea, is to extend the boundary of the SPA to include adjacent areas that are used by Manx shearwaters from within the existing SPA.

The proposed boundary extension recommended by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee is ‘by at least 4 km, and further where site specific data supports this’. The proposed boundary extension to Glannau Aberdaron ac Ynys Enlli / Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island SPA is a 9km extension from Bardsey island, as surveys revealed the local extent to which the Manx shearwaters congregate.

If you would like further information about the site please contact the local officer Charlotte Williams at Natural Resources Wales, Plas Penrhos, Ffordd Penrhos, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2BX or contact the Customer Care Centre at Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000

Drop-In Session

We realise you may have further questions and you are welcome to attend a drop-in session arranged by Natural Resources Wales to discuss face-to-face any queries you may have.

Glannau Aberdaron ac Ynys Enlli / Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island SPA
Local Authority: Gwynedd
Date and Time: Monday, 17 February 2014 - From 13:30 to 20:00
Venue: Aberdaron Sailing Club,Aberdaron, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8BD
Area Contacts: Lucy Kay /Charlotte Williams - Tel. 0300 065 3000
Regional office: Natural Resources Wales, Plas Penrhos, Ffordd Penrhos, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2BX

How to respond

An anonymised summary of responses received will be published on the Natural Resources Wales website after the end of the consultation period.

Please be aware that we may receive a request for a copy of the full consultation response report under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations and we may be asked to provide copies of individual responses, including the names and addresses of persons or organisations sending them. In such cases we have to decide whether to release that information or not, and if someone has asked for their name and address to be withheld we can take that into account in deciding whether to release that information.

Further information see Natural Resources Wales Freedom of Information policy.

Please send the Consultation Response Form by:


Email responses can be made by midnight 25 April 2014, with attachments, if required, up to a maximum of 20mb.


International Sites Team
Natural Resources Wales
LL57 2DW

Potential changes to Other SPAs in Wales

  • Grassholm
  • Skokholm and Skomer

Related document downloads

SPA consultation letter PDF [50.2 KB]

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