North East of Farnes Deep Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected


Gravel and sand sediments provide burrowing habitat for worms and bivalves and camouflage for flat fish to hide on the seabed.

The ocean quahog can be found in this site. This clam can live to be over 500!

Originally called Rock Unique, this site has been renamed North East of Farnes Deep as additional survey work revealed that the rock habitats for which the site was named were not found, so the name was no longer thought appropriate.

Located 55km offshore from the Berwickshire coast, the seafloor reaches 50 metres in depth and consists mostly of a mosaic of sand interspersed with gravel and coarse sediments. It was to protect these sand and gravel habitats that the site was designated in 2013.

These habitats provide burrowing sediments for worms and bivales including the rare and incredibly long lived clam, the ocean quahog. Crustaceans can also be seen on the sediment surface including squat lobster.

Marine mammals are also spotted all year round, including white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke and humpback whales, alongside foraging grey seals from the Farne Islands.

Other nearby sites:

Swallow Sand

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