Ribble and Alt Estuaries
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Ribble and Alt Estuaries
Ribble Estuary
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Ribble Estuary.jpg
Ribble and Alt Estuaries is located in Merseyside
Ribble and Alt Estuaries
Location within Merseyside
Area of SearchMerseyside
Grid referenceSD375240
Coordinates53°43?N 2°58?W / 53.71°N 2.97°W / 53.71; -2.97Coordinates: 53°43?N 2°58?W / 53.71°N 2.97°W / 53.71; -2.97
Area9226.3 hectares, 22,798.2 acres (92,261,000 m2)
Notification1966 (Southport Sanctuary)
1976 (Ribble Estuary)
Designated28 November 1985
Reference no.325[1]
Natural England website
The Ribble Estuary in 1917.

The Ribble and Alt Estuaries lie on the Irish Sea coast of the counties of Lancashire and Merseyside in north-west England, and form the boundaries of a number of nature preservation schemes.

Protected area

A large number of different species of waders and wildfowl, listed below, use the estuaries as feeding and over-wintering areas. This wide variety of bird species has led to the estuaries being officially designated as a Special Protection Area and as a Ramsar site. The Ribble Estuary has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1966 and is now covered by Natural England's Ribble Estuary National Nature Reserve.


Breeding season

Over wintering


See also


  1. ^ "Ribble & Alt Estuaries". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 2018.

External links

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