Lands End Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected


Basking Shark (Credit Andrew Pearson)Basking Shark (Credit Andrew Pearson)

Tidal currents and high productivity attract large marine life such as whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

Rare species like the wonderful pink sea fan colonise the rocky reef here.

Lands End is in one of the South-West’s most recognised areas and is renowned for its rugged coastline.

The recommended MCZ off Gwennap Head is an outstanding area subject to large tidal and wave energy.  Rare species colonise the rocky reef such as the pink sea fan.

This site is one of the UK's best spots for critically endangered Balearic shearwaters, which visit and feed in the area and is also important for a number of whale, dolphin and porpoise species which are often spotted in the area.

Location map

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

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Isles of Scilly Sites


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