Beachy Head East (Royal Sovereign Shoals)

Site overview
Beachy Head East is the name of a proposed Marine Conservation Zone located on the East Sussex coast of England. Its borders touch well-known towns including Eastbourne and Bexhill, and it covers a most beautiful stretch of coastline. This proposed Marine Conservation Zone (a type of marine protected area) contains a very important chalk reef which supports entire communities of plants and animals. For example, the Blue Mussel beds found here are one of the best in the region.

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

Beachy Head East


50° 46' 33" North,
0° 25' 17" East

Surface Area

194.87 km2
(75.24 mi.2 )


67.15 km
(41.73 mi.)

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