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IPA Factsheet - Berwick-upon-Tweed Coast
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionNorth East (North Northumberland)
Central co-ordinates55o 46' N / 1o 59' W map
Altitude0 - 12

 Site Description Rocky shore including Bucket Rocks, Ladies Skerrs and Sharper's Head. The site has many algal ‘diversity hotspots’ and includes nationally rare species. It has a long history of algal study and is the type locality for several species of algae including, Acrochaetiumbattersianum G. Hamel, Phyllophora traillii Holmes ex Batters, Porphyrodiscus simulans Batters and Lithophyllum crouanii Foslie (Brodie et al., 2007, full reference below) Shade tolerant algae are found near the entrances of sea caves. Brown algae grow near the entrance of upper shore caves that are sheltered from wave action. Shade tolerant red and green algae grow further inside the caves (Samuel Byford in Consultation document).

 Botanical Significance Noted for marine algae interest. Threatened or rare species observed on this site (from Brodie et al., 2007) Callophyllis cristata, Chlorochytrium dermatocolax, Chroodactylon ornatum, Kuetzingiella holmsii, Myriactula haydenii, Myrionema liechtensternii, Pilinia rimosa, Pseudendoclonium fucicola, Sphacelaria caespitula, Sphacelaria mirabilis, Sphacelaria nana, Sphacelaria racemosa, Stragularia spongiocarpa, Streblonema breve, Streblonema fasciculatum, Streblonema helophorum, Symphyocarpus strangulans.

 General Habitat Description Coastal; Littoral rock and other hard substrates; sublittoral sediment. Land use: Tourism/recreationNature conservation/ Research

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
nature conservation and researchUnknown
water managementUnknown
wild plant harvestingUnknown

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria
A1 Littoral rock & other hard substrates200700unknownB
A4 Sublittoral sediments200700unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria


DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestNorthumberland Shoreprotected area overlaps with IPA63
Special Area of ConservationBerwickshire & North Northumberland Coastprotected area overlaps with IPA0


TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Protected Area Management Plan


development (recreation/tourism)unknown
water (drainage)medium
extraction (minerals/quarries)low
extraction (peat)low
agricultural intensification/expansion (arable)medium
agricultural intensification/expansion (grazing)medium
agricultural intensification/expansion (general)medium
water (extraction/drainage/canalisation/managementmedium

 Conservation Issues Implemented/ing approved site-specific plan/measures

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Beth Newman Site report compiler