Norris to Ryde

Site overview: Norris to Ryde is an area of sea and coast on the Isle of Wight, which could receive protection from the government in 2018 with your help! This site is home to one of the largest seagrass meadows in the south-east region, totalling around 500 acres, or 200 football pitches! Seagrass is really important; its long roots help to stabilise the sea bottom and it provides hiding places for fish and other creatures. The meadows here are really important nursery areas for young fish and crustaceans. Norris to Ryde is also incredibly important because it supports the highest density of Tentacled Lagoon Worm 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


50° 44' 52" North,
1° 11' 44" West

Surface Area

19.75 km2
(7.63 mi.2 )


43.99 km
(27.33 mi.)

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