Mid St Georges Channel recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Potential Tranche 2

Plumose anemones (Credit Paul Naylor) Plumose anemones (Credit Paul Naylor)

Delicate filter feeding marine species like these Plumose anemone are found here.

Sea firs, anemones and sponges are just some of the delicate creatures that are found amongst the cobbles here.


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Seasonal thermal fronts in the Mid St George’s Channel increase phytoplankton productivity which makes the channel an important area for wildlife.

The seabed is largely sand and gravel creating an environment that allows annelid worms, clams and crustaceans to thrive. Sea firs, anemones and sponges are just some of the delicate creatures that are also found here amongst the cobbles.

All these species form an important part of the biodiversity of the region, encouraging other species to frequent the area which is an important feeding ground for passing whales and dolphins.


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. If designated, this site would contain the largest protected area of subtidal mixed sediments in non-devolved UK waters.

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Other nearby MCZs

North St Georges Channel   

Location map

Mid St Georges Channel recommended MCZ is located in the map below.

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contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012


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