Allonby Bay recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Potential Tranche 2

Honeycomb worms (Credit Paul Naylor)Honeycomb worms (Credit Paul Naylor)

Allonby Bay contains some of the best examples of Honeycomb worm reef in the north west.

The region is home to creatures such as the breadcrumb sponge and baked bean sea squirt. Now all we need is a bacon barnacle and we have a full fry-up!


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Allonby Bay hugs the coast into the Solway Firth and includes two extremely important areas for marine life, Dubmill Scar and Maryport Roads. The area is highly diverse containing many different species of sponge, soft coral, seaweed, sea squirt, anemone and the reef-building honeycomb worms which is at its most Northern extent.

Honeycomb worm reef is a feature of the North-West, and plays a vital role as a home to other species, allowing settlement in areas which would otherwise be shifting sediments. Allonby Bay contains some of the best examples of reef in the north west. Let’s make sure we protect it for the future!

StatusThis recommended Marine Conservation Zone is under consideration for the second tranche of MCZs.

Defra have indicated that this site is now under consideration for tranche two and will potentially be included in the formal consultation at the beginning of 2015. Defra will now working to verify the evidence base for this site and will be looking to engage with stakeholders on both a local and national level to refine information about the site.

This site is important, It contains some of the best and most extensive examples of honeycomb worm and intertidal biogenic reefs in the UK.

We need you to help ensure that this site is designated next year. Become a Friend of this site to stay up-to-date with The Wildlife Trusts' campaign to see how you can help.

Contains UKHO Law of the Sea data. Crown copyright and database right and
contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012


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