This is a proposed marine extension to the existing Skokholm and Skomer SPA, which is already designated to protect internationally important seabird breeding colonies, in particular the huge population of Manx shearwater that breeds here, together with large numbers of lesser black backed gull, puffin and a number of other species. The proposed SPA includes the islands themselves, the waters immediately surrounding them and a large sea area extending from the coast of Pembrokeshire westwards into the Celtic Sea, including UK waters outside the 12 nautical mile limit of Welsh Territorial Sea. This proposed site is a joint recommendation by NRW and JNCC to the Welsh and UK Governments.

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Departmental Brief NRW/JNCC advice to Government PDF [1.4 MB]
Map PDF [13.7 MB]
Draft Impact Assessment PDF [315.7 KB]