South-West Deeps West Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Hermit crab (Credit Amy Lewis)Hermit crab (Credit Amy Lewis)

Habitats here support a high diversity of plants and animals, such as anemones and hermit crabs.

Mixed sediments and sand habitats here are valuable for burrowing species.

This site has been designated an MCZ in 2013 to protect the sand and coarse sediment habitats found within the site as well as for its relict sandbanks.

The South-West Deeps (West) is located along the south-western boundary of the UK continental shelf limit and is intersected by the geologically important Celtic Sea relict sandbanks.

This area contains a variety of habitats, including mixed sediments and sand important for burrowing species and animals using the seabed for camouflage to avoid predators. These habitats support a high diversity of plants and animals, such as anemones and hermit crabs, which in turn provide a rich foraging ground for seabirds during the summer.

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South-West Deeps (East)  The Canyons

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