Fylde Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected


Plaice (Credit Paul Naylor)Plaice (Credit Paul Naylor)

A rich area for marine wildlife where species such as sand eels and bivalve molluscs provide food for other important species.

The diversity of these waters not only attracts other species to feed, and us to fish, but also recreational activities such as diving and sailing which are popular here.

This site was designated in 2013 to protect the subtidal sand habitats found in the area. Fylde overlaps the Liverpool Bay Special Protection Area, which was designated to protect birds such as the red-throated diver and common scoter. The alliance will not only protect the birds, but the MCZ designation will protect their food source.

Flat fish, rays, gurnard, swimming crabs, hermit crabs and other crustaceans feed on the bivalves (‘two shells’ such as cockles and mussels), making this region not only full of amazing creatures but also of great value to the fishing industry. If maintained this MCZ could provide a healthy population of species to spill over into other parts of the coastal waters.

Other nearby sites:

West of Walney


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