Yarmouth to Cowes

Site overview: This is an inshore site measuring 17 km2. The site has some of the best peat and clay habitats on the South Coast. Seagrass meadows are found along the coastline. The rossworm reefs found here support high levels of species diversity, and the rocky environment is home to sponges, anemones, sea squirts and numerous piddocks - which are a type of mollusc which bores into rocks. Lobsters and crabs also hide away in these rocky areas. This area is also home to the native oyster.

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° 43' 56" North,
1° 24' 31" West

Surface Area

16.89 km2
(6.52 mi.2 )


120.28 km
(74.74 mi.)

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