Axe Estuary MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

The Axe Estuary is relatively small estuarine site that hosts sandbars, mudflats and marshlands. These are good habitats for waders and wildlfowl, and nursery habitat for number of fish species such as bass. The critically endangered European eel is also found here.

Parts of the site are already designated as a Special Area of Conservations (SAC) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and designation of this marine conservation zone in 2019 will give some of the site features extra protection.

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

0.33 km2 (0.13 mi.2)


15.43 km (9.59 mi.)

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