Greater Wash Special Protection Area conserves a large section of the east coast and is important for multiple breeding and non-breeding birds
The SPA covers a large area of the east coast, from the Yorkshire southwards and into Suffolk. Significant breeding and non-breeding populations of birds use the protected waters for foraging during the summer and winter months. This includes red-throated diver, common scoter, little gull, Sandwich tern, common tern and little tern.
The site includes a range of marine habitats, including the intertidal mudflats and beaches of the Holderness Inshore MCZ. Much of the subtidal area is shallow, with the sandy sediments on the seabed creating perfect habitat for small shoaling fish.