Holderness Inshore recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Potential Tranche 2

Common sunstar (Credit Carrie Pillow)Common sunstar (Credit Carrie Pillow)

Mixed sediments of gravel, sand and cobbles create a mosaic of habitats for marine wildlife.

Harbour porpoise and minke whales are often spotted from the shore.

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Running from Skipsea to Spurn Point, the seafloor here boasts a wealth of diversity, including habitats of cobbles, mixed sediment, sand and chalk, alongside patches of peat and clay. This mosaic supports a dense coverage of hydroid and bryozoan turf, sponges and ross worm reef as well as many fish, including tope and smoothhound. Over 8 different types of crabs have been seen at Holderness Inshore as well as the purple bloody henry starfish and common sunstars. Harbour porpoises and minke whales are often spotted from the shore passing through this area.

Holderness Inshore is also important for foraging seabirds as well as migrants. Within the southern region is ‘The Binks’, a geological feature forming the seaward extension of Spurn Point.

StatusThis 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 a nursery habitat for fish species and the biogenic reefs found within the site contribute to coastal protection.

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