This section of the Thames Estuary is bordered by the West Thurrock and Swanscombe marshes, and would protect tidal mud, sand, shell and gravel seabeds. These unassuming habitats provide an ideal home for a range of invertebrates, which in turn are food of fish and waders. The site has been particularly recommended to protect the rare tentacled lagoon worm and its favoured habitats. This worm is scarce in the UK, and is very vulnerable to disturbance to its habitats.
Designation of this site in 2019 would provide a permanent London residence for tentacled lagoon worms and their many soft-bodied companions.
MPA TypeMarine Conservation Zone
Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are designated under UK legislation (Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009) and have been established around England, Wales and Northern Ireland to contribute to the UK MPA network protect a range of nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology, and can be designated anywhere in English and Welsh territorial and UK offshore waters.
Coordinates (central point)51° 27' 46" North, 0° 17' 58" East
Did you know?…
Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas