Broad Bench to Kimmeridge Bay MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This tiny site covers the western edge of the beautiful Kimmeridge Bay, one of Dorset’s most popular snorkelling and rockpooling sites. The wave-cut platforms form a complex matrix of rockpools swept by the tides, and provide habitat for rockpool seaweeds, molluscs, crustacea and fish, including clingfish, that beat the waves by using their fins to tightly stick to the rocks.

Designation of the this marine conservation zone in 2019 is unlikely to affect any current use of the site, but will highlight its special nature and protect is marine wildlife for posterity.

MPA Type

Marine 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.

Surface Area

0.03 km2 (0.01 mi.2)


1.86 km (1.16 mi.)

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Some records exist from independent dives in this inshore/intertidal recommended Marine Conservation Zone, supported by intertidal data of the rare brown alga Padina pavonica.

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