Natural England - Flamborough and Filey Coast potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) and Flamborough Head possible Special Area of Conservation (pSAC)

Flamborough and Filey Coast potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) and Flamborough Head possible Special Area of Conservation (pSAC)

We are consulting on the proposals to extend the existing SPA at Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs and rename it as the Flamborough and Filey Coast SPA and to revise the landward boundary of the existing Flamborough Head SAC.

Northern gannets © Mike Meadows

Northern gannets © Mike Meadows

Purpose of the consultation

To seek the view of all interested parties on:

  • The scientific case for the pSPA and pSAC.
  • The assessment of the likely economic and social impact of the designations, as set out in the Impact Assessments.

The 12-week formal consultation opens on 20 January 2014 and closes at 12 noon 14 April 2014.


Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA

The pSPA proposals comprise three key elements:

  • A proposed terrestrial extension running from the cliffs at Filey Brigg north west to Cunstone Nab. This is being considered to incorporate important breeding seabird colonies that currently fall outside the existing SPA.
  • Marine extensions out to 2km from the seabird colonies are also proposed, due to the importance of these waters to breeding seabirds.
  • Modification of the landward boundary to ensure that the features of the pSPA remain protected into the future.

We have assessed the seabird populations of the pSPA using contemporary data.  The Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA qualifies for the following features:

  • The site regularly supports more than 1% of the biogeographical population of four regularly occurring migratory species (black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, northern gannet Morus bassanus, common guillemot Uria aalge, razorbill Alca torda).
  • The site regularly supports more than 20,000 seabirds during the breeding season, including over 2,000 northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis.

Flamborough Head pSAC

As with the pSPA, we propose that the landward boundary of the existing SAC is modified to ensure that the features remain within the site into the future. No other boundary changes or additional features are proposed.

Consultation documents

Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA

Flamborough Head pSAC

Impact Assessments

Case law has established that a decision on whether or not to designate SPAs and SACs can only be taken on the basis of scientific evidence. Nevertheless the Government considers that it is important to be aware of any social and economic impacts of a designation. Natural England has therefore prepared a draft Impact Assessment (IA) in accordance with Government guidance.

Ways to respond

Contact us

If you have any queries please telephone Martin Kerby: 0300 060 4105 or email the address above.

Further information

Natural England Technical Information Notes (TINs):


Using and sharing your consultation response(s)

In line with Natural England’s Access to Information Statement: (87kb)pdf document, at the end of the consultation period copies of the responses and/or the information contained in them may be subject to publication or release to the public on request and/or on our website.

A report will also be produced collating all representations made during the formal consultation period together with any recommendations arising from the consultation for the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will consider this report before proposing this site to the European Commission during the latter half of 2014 as eligible for designation as a European Marine Site.

Information supplied in consultation responses may also be used to revise the Impact Assessment for the site (quoting the source) before final versions are submitted to the Secretary of State for the Environment.

If you do not want your response - including your name, contact details and any other personal information - to be publicly available, please explain clearly why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for release of the information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not be regarded as binding on Natural England.

We will summarise all responses and place the summary on our website at link as well as on the GOV.UKexternal link website. The summary will include a list of names of organisations that responded to the consultation but not the names, addresses or other contact details of individual respondents.