Devon Avon Estuary MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

Running past the beach village of Bantham, originally a Roman fishing and trading port and now a popular tourist spot, this estuary features sandbars, mudflats and saltmarsh. The habitats provide good foraging habitat for many species of birds that feed on the rich invertbrate communities living in the mud, and nursery habitats for commercially important fish species.

Designation of this marine conservation zone in 2019 with protect this site from any future developments that may threaten this beautiful site. 

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

1.81 km2 (0.70 mi.2)


27.84 km (17.30 mi.)

Did you know?…

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

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To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

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