Ribble and Alt Estuaries

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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[edit]

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[edit]

Over wintering[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ribble & Alt Estuaries". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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