Otter Estuary MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This relatively small estuarine site lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes mudflats, shingle bars and marshlands - providing good habitats for waders and wildlfowl and nursery habitat for number of fish species. The estuary is a favourite spot for local anglers who fish there for shy and hard-fighting grey mullet.

Designation of this marine conservation zone in 2019 is unlikely to affect any stakeholders and will protect this site 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

0.10 km2 (0.04 mi.2)


9.81 km (6.09 mi.)

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