Hedgehog sponge (Credit Paul Naylor)
Fragile subtidal sponge and anthozoan communities are present here.
Harbour porpoise can be spotted from headlands along the coast here.
This stretch of coastline has a long and diverse list of interesting and scarce species. It is characterised by cliffs and rocky shores, small sandy bays and inlets with an expanse of sandy shoreline at Bideford Bay.
Notable species here include the native oyster, peacock’s tail seaweed, Celtic sea slug and European eel. Reef builders include the ross worm and honeycomb worm.
Additional rare, scarce and sensitive species present are the pink sea fan, scarlet and gold star coral, Weymouth carpet coral, policeman anemone, Devonshire cup coral, stalked jellyfish and short-snouted seahorse. The area is also important for seabirds and cetaceans, with harbour porpoises visible from headlands along the coast.
This 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 has been identified as a hotspot for harbour porpoise and contains a wide range of coastal water habitat which is currently unprotected along this coast.
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