The United Kingdom adds two more Ramsar sites

The United Kingdom adds two more Ramsar sites

15 November 2000
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Crown dependencies)

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The Bureau is pleased to announce the designation of two new Ramsar sites in the UK, effective 9 October 2000, bringing that Party’s total number of sites to 158. Lee Valley (448 hectares) comprises a series of embanked water supply reservoirs, sewage treatment lagoons, and former gravel pits extending along about 24km of the valley from near Ware southward to Finsbury Park in London. These water bodies support internationally important numbers of wintering Gadwall and Shoveler (Criterion 6)and nationally important numbers of several other bird species. Four Sites of Special Scientific Interest are included within the site, and virtually all parts of the site are subject to management plans in which nature conservation is a high or sole priority. South West London Waterbodies (828 ha) comprises a number of reservoirs and former gravel pits in the Thames Valley adjacent to Heathrow Airport between Windsor and Hampton Court which support internationally important numbers of Gadwall Anas strepera and Shoveler Anas clypeata (Criterion 6). Potential future decommissioning of reservoirs once they are no longer needed for water supply may eventually require discussions with the current owners. [10/10/00]