Sefton Coast Recommended MCZ

Status: On hold

Common mussel bed (Credit Paul Naylor)Common mussel bed (Credit Paul Naylor)

Footprints from the Stone Age are found here... amazing!

Home to burrowing clams called piddocks.

An intertidal MCZ, Sefton Coast extends from Formby Point to Crosby Beach and covers an area of 13km2.

The exposed peat and clay beds in the MCZ are considered to be excellent examples of these rare habitats. It is home to burrowing clams called piddocks, as well as crabs, mussels, winkles and worms which are all important foods for other species.

There is also archaeological interest here. The peat and clay beds have within them preserved human and animal footprints here dating back to the Stone Age!

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StatusThis recommended Marine Conservation Zone is ON HOLD at the moment as Defra has indicated that there is not enough evidence to support designation.


We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering this additional data as soon as possible and to consider this site as a high and urgent priority for designation in the next tranche.

 

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Defra has indicated that there is not enough evidence to support the designation of any features put forward for this site. Therefore this site is on hold pending further evidence.

This site has been identified as being at risk by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Natural England due to the presence of sensitive features within the site.

We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering this additional data as soon as possible and to consider this site as a high and urgent priority for designation in the next tranche. The site should be protected from damage and degradation in the meantime.
 


Other nearby MCZs

Ribble Estuary   Hilbre Island Group

Location map

Sefton Coast 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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