Isles of Scilly Sites Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Beadlet anemones (Credit Paul Naylor)Beadlet anemones (Credit Paul Naylor)

Fragile species are found here including thees lovely beadlet anemones making the most of the high tide.

This area is actually made up of 11 individual zones around the Isles of Scilly.

This site was designated as Marine Conservation Zone to protect a range of habitats found with the sites including rock and sediment habitats and to protect the spiny lobster and pink sea fan.

Although treated as a single recommended Marine Conservation Zone put forward by the Isles of Scilly Local Group, the area is actually made up of 11 individual zones around the Isles of Scilly.

Covering a wide range of habitats, the area varies in depth from sea level to approximately 70 metres deep. Rocky reefs provide habitat for species such as the spiny lobster whilst diverse and extensive beds of seagrass provide valuable habitat for both the short-snouted and spiny seahorse.

Rare and fragile species are also found here including sunset cup corals and pink sea fans along with sponge, soft coral and anemone communities.

Other nearby sites:

Land’s End

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