Taw Torridge Estuary

Site overview The site consists of two parts, the upper Taw Estuary and the upper Torridge Estuary. This is a great nursery area for fish, in particular for sea bass.

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


51° 4' 24" North,
4° 7' 3" West

Surface Area

4.99 km2
(1.93 mi.2 )


69.78 km
(43.36 mi.)

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