Yarmouth to Cowes Recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Status: Potential T3 site

Porcelain crab (Credit Amy Marsden)Porcelain crab (Credit Amy Marsden)

Sheltering under the many limestone boulders at Thorness are thriving wildlife communities, which include porcelain crabs, sea squirts and sponges.

This is an important site for native oysters.

With thriving wildlife communities and ancient underwater cliffs, Yarmouth to Cowes is an exciting ecological and archaeological treasure trove.

This area has some of the best peat exposures in the region, notably at Bouldnor where an underwater peat cliff rises up to nine metres from the seabed. This cliff is thought to be 8,000 years old. Before it was submerged by sea level rise, it was inhabited and is rich in archaeology.

In Thorness Bay, clay exposures form ledges at low water and expose the holes of piddocks: molluscs which use their serrated shells to excavate protective holes in soft rock. Sheltering under the many limestone boulders at Thorness are thriving wildlife communities, which include porcelain crabs, sea squirts and sponges. Newtown Harbour is one of the few locations for estuarine rock in the region.

 

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Other nearby sites:

The Needles

Norris to Ryde

Location map:

Yarmouth to Cowes 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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