Chesil Beach and Stennis Ledges Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Pink sea fan (Dorset Wildlife Trust)Pink sea fan (Dorset Wildlife Trust)

Habitats here range from building-sized boulders with massive sponges to sponge and coral-rich rocky ledges.

The Stennis Ledges is an area of parallel rocky reefs rich in reef species such as the pink sea fan.

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This site has been designated to protect the intertidal rock and gravel habitats as well as for the native oyster and pink sea fans found within the site.

The site covers the Chesil Beach, between Portland and Abbotsbury, extending out to sea for just under 2km, with an extension seawards to cover the reefs of the Stennis Ledges.

Just west of Portland, the seabed is strewn with huge boulders exhibiting some massive boring sponges. The stretch of sediment alongside Chesil Beach is home to starfish and brittlestars, queen scallops, burrowing anemones and otter shells.

The Stennis Ledges is an area of parallel rocky reefs rich in reef species such as pink sea fans, sponges and bryozoans.


Other nearby potential MCZs:

The Fleet

South of Portland

Location map:

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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