Poole Rocks Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

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Poole Bay reef (Credit Peter Tinsley)Poole Bay reef (Credit Peter Tinsley)

The shallow-water here is actually cloaked in animal turf which includes sponges, bryozoans and hydroids.

The rarely recorded Couch’s goby has been spotted here and fish, such as pouting and pollack, often shoal over the rocks.

Poole Rocks is a Marine Conservation Zone designated in 2013 to protect the low-lying rocky outcrops found in the largely sediment dominated Poole Bay.

The water is more turbid than areas to the west of Poole Bay. The shallow-water, rocky seabed of Poole Rocks are cloaked in animal turf, which include sponges, bryozoans and hydroids, rather than  seaweeds. A few solitary pink seafans have been recorded on nearby patches of rock.

The rarely recorded Couch’s goby has been spotted here and fish, such as pouting and pollack, often shoal over the rocks. Several wrasse species use these reefs, including Ballan wrasse, which nest among the rocks. The native oyster is found here both among the rocks and on the surrounding sediment.

Other nearby sites:

Studland Bay

Location map:

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