White-beaked dolphins (Credit Martin Kitching)
Marine mammals, from harbour porpoise to leaping white-beaked dolphins are often spotted in Northumberland's waters.
Farnes East is one of the few sites within the North Sea to include mud habitats, important for delicate blonde and red sea pens.
Farnes East is located 11km offshore from the Berwickshire coast and within close proximity to the Farne Islands, making it an important foraging area for seabirds, such as guillemots and razorbills.
The seafloor reaches between 30 -100 metres in depth making the Farnes East one of the deepest patches of the North Sea. The seafloor comprises a mosaic of habitats, including rock, mixed and coarse sediment, sand, mud and patches of peat and clay. This is one of the few sites within the North Sea to include mud habitats, important for nephrops (langoustine) and delicate blonde and red sea pens. The glacial feature to the south, known as the Farn Deeps, is of particular importance for foraging and breeding white-beaked dolphins with regular sightings recorded.
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 provides the largest area of high energy infralittoral rock out of any site recommended by stakeholders and the second largest area of moderate energy infralittoral rock.
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Why not check out the video diary of the white beaked dolphin survey in the Farnes East rMCZ
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