Offshore Overfalls Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Compass jellyfish (Credit Paul Naylor)Compass jellyfish (Credit Paul Naylor)

This site hosts the geomorphological remains of an ancient river valley that once flowed through the Channel before it flooded to separate England from the mainland continent.

An area is thought to be one of the most species rich areas in the South East.

This area is diverse and species-rich with a variety of habitats including sandstone reefs. It also encompasses the Overfalls, an unusual area of mixed sediment, sands and gravels that form sandwaves which are particularly important for bony fish and elasmobrachs such as undulate rays and tope.

Commercially and ecologically important species have been recorded here: bass, cod, sandeels, and Molgula sea squirts to name a few. Ross worm beds and the invasive American slipper limpet are present at several locations, while blue mussel beds are also thought to occur here.

This site hosts the geomorphological remains of an ancient river valley that once flowed through the Channel before it flooded to separate England from the mainland continent.

Other nearby sites:

Utopia  

Location map

Offshore Overfalls recommended MCZ is located in the map below.

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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