Tompot blenny with sponges and anemones (Credit Paul Naylor)
The Hartland Point to Tintagel recommended MCZ has a higher than average species and habitat diversity.
The pink sea fan has been been recorded here.
Characterised by steep rocky cliffs, sea caves and stretches of sandy surf beaches, this coast is exposed to high levels of wave energy and is potentially important for cetaceans and sharks, especially porbeagle sharks. The area extends from the shore line to depths of approximately 50 meters.
Near to the shore gently sloping bedrock is dominated by a number of notable algae and kelp forest species. Lower shore habitats have exceptionally fine colonies of the reef-building honeycomb worms. Mussel beds are extensive in the northern half of the bay. In deeper waters, vertical and upward facing underwater rock is dominated by bryozoans, sea squirts and sponges.
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 a wide range of habitats and species including colonies of reef-building honeycomb worms, which some consider to be the finest in Britain. The site is also supported by local stakeholders from the North Devon Biosphere Reserve Marine Working Group.
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