North-West of Jones Bank Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected


Common brittlestar bed (Credit Paul Naylor)Common brittlestar bed (Credit Paul Naylor)

Mud is particularly important habitat for a variety of marine species, including polychaete worms and brittlestars that in turn support the marine food web.

The mud found here supports a wealth of marine life.

North-West of Jones Bank is located 165km west of Land's End and supports important habitats, such as subtidal mud, which is indicative of these stable offshore areas where fine particles are able to settle.

This area is known to be an important foraging ground for seabirds during winter. Diving birds in particular will migrate to the sea during winter, including internationally important Great northern divers that move offshore from August until the early spring when they move back to their largely Icelandic breeding grounds.


Other nearby sites:

Greater Haig Fras

Location map:

North-West of Jones Bank recommended MCZ is located in the map below.

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