Bideford to Foreland Point recommended Marine Conservation Zone

MCZ Tranche 2

Hedgehog sponge (Credit Paul Naylor)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.

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

Designation of this site would protect a wide range of habitats from fragile sponge communities, subtidal sediments and rock habitats and would fill a gap in the network for the honeycomb worm reefs. These reefs are made up of closely packed tubes, created by colonial worms and provide important habitats for species including anemones and crabs. The site would also provide protection for the vulnerable pink sea fan and the spiny lobster.

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