South Dorset Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Sponges in deep water (Credit Dorset Wildlife Trust) Sponges in deep water (Credit Dorset Wildlife Trust)

Rare species of deep water sponge can be found here.

The area includes rare chalk reef - one of the few places where this habitat is found in the South-West.

This site has been designated as an MCZ in 2013 for the chalk and gravel habitats found within the site.

South Dorset was the most offshore area proposed off Dorset’s coastline. The seafloor here is mostly between 40 and 50 metres deep and includes areas of rocky seabed swept by tidal currents and large stretches of sandy gravel.

The area also includes rare chalk reef - one of the few places where this is found in the south-west. In deeper water, the chalk environment is important for marine life, particularly when it forms reefs and sea caves, where it can support rare species of sponge.


Other nearby sites

Studland Bay

Location map

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