Padstow Bay and Surrounds Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Spiny spider crab (Credit Paul Naylor)Spiny spider crab (Credit Paul Naylor)

Habitats here include a kelp forest which provides shelter for many species including the European spider crab.

Trevone and Trebetherick host the most extensive rocky shores on the north Cornwall coast.

 

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This site has been designated an MCZ in 2013 in order to protect the rock and sediment habitats found within the site as well as pink sea fan and spiny lobster.

Stretching from the shore line to around 50m deep, this inshore MCZ includes a number of very different marine habitats, ranging from sandy bays to rocky shores to kelp forests.

Trevone and Trebetherick host the most extensive rocky shores on the north Cornwall coast. All manner of marine plants and animals live here, including algae grazing limpets, filter feeding mussels and barnacles. The rare Celtic sea slug has even been recorded at Trebetherick.

The Bull near Trevose Head offers a different marine community altogether; a kelp forest provides shelter for many species including fish and crustaceans such as the crawfish and European spider crab. Blue mussel beds are also found here. Bottlenose dolphins have been recorded using the area and Moule Island, off the Rumps, is home to the largest nesting colony of puffins in Cornwall.


Other nearby potential MCZs

Camel Estuary  Newquay and the Gannel

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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