Solway Firth

Site overview: The Solway Firth is a shallow, wide estuary that provides a corridor between England and Scotland. Some parts of this area have already been protected. There is a Special Area of Conservation here which is part of the Solway Firth European Marine Site (EMS). This area is home to seals and is also a feeding ground for seabirds. It is also an important nursery ground for bass, pollack and some flatfish species. Under threat! This site is at risk, it currently is not designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, a type Marine Protected Area - but should be. Decision makers in England will determine in 2017 if this site should be protected, make sure your voice is heard. Take action to ensure this site becomes a properly protected area.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


54° 55' 41" North,
3° 15' 8" West

Surface Area

44.56 km2
(17.20 mi.2 )


150.01 km
(93.21 mi.)

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