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Barry Buddon SSSI, SAC, SPA
Barry Links is an SSSI for its dune habitats and landforms, vascular plants, bryophytes, invertebrates and breeding birds.Most of the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an EU Special Area of Conservation (SAC), as well as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds under the European Birds Directive.
As with many similar facilities, the area benefits from the absence of development and intrusion, and many species survive that would otherwise be lost if it were to be developed commercially. The coast has been subject to significant erosion in recent years, with 150 m being lost in the past 20 years, threatening the site and ranges. In 1993, a major project saw a rock defence wall being installed, the long term effect of which on the surrounding shore is to be monitored closely.
Due to its long history of military use, there is a danger from unexploded ordnance, and public access is restricted to metalled roads, and the beaches when the flags are down and the red lights extinguished.
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