Dart Estuary

Site overview The site encompasses part of the upper Dart Estuary which is a ria, a type of drowned river valley. The mudflats found here are home to lots of different types of worms, which in turn act as a food source for other marine creature. Sponges and anemones also live in the rocks found here. The Seahorse Trust has even documented a large number of both short and long-snouted seahorse sightings in the Dart Estuary!
At risk: This site isn’t yet designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, but it should be. It is important that this site gets the protection it needs - we will be calling on the government to ensure that this site is included in the next round of designations.

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° 23' 52" North,
3° 37' 5" West

Surface Area

4.70 km2
(1.81 mi.2 )


52.02 km
(32.32 mi.)

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