Upper Fowey and Pont Pill Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Bass (Credit Paul Naylor)Bass (Credit Paul Naylor)

Estuaries are nutrient rich habitats and provide food and shelter for many marine species. They also act as nursery grounds for young fish species.

This area acts as an important migration route for the European eel into the rivers network.

This site was designated as a Marine Conservation Zone in 2014 to protect its estuarine habitats including saltmarshes, reedbads and intertidal mud. The designation of this MCZ will protect rare habitats and species from damaging impacts such as water quality changes, physical damage and degradation.

The area includes the upper Fowey estuary and a tributary estuary flowing into the Fowey called Pont Pill. Extending all the way up to the Lostwithiel Bridge the site includes a wonderful saltmarsh habitat. The upper Fowey is particularly valuable as it is a rocky estuarine habitat which is rare in the South-West. The majority of estuaries in the region are fine mud and sand habitats. Estuaries are nutrient-rich habitats and provide food and shelter for many marine species. They also act as nursery grounds for young fish species.

Not only is the saltmarsh important for the nationally rare wasp spider and the short-winged conehead grasshopper, the estuarine area also forms a migration route for the endangered European eel nto the rivers' network, where it
matures.

Other nearby potential MCZs

Whitsand and Looe Bay  Tamar Estuary

Location map

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