Little terns and black-throated divers are among the seabirds that have been given greater protection after a stretch of coastline in Cornwall was awarded special status to safeguard its wildlife. The newly designated stretch of land covers an area equivalent to 55,000 football pitches and has been set up to help minimise disturbance to the birds that feed there. The latest expansion of Britain’s marine special protected areas will make a significant addition to the UK Blue Belt programme, which consists of more than 300 sites along land.