Mud Hole

Site overview: You can probably guess the main habitat that is found at Mud Hole - mud! It is something we have a lot of in the North-West of England, but without it this region would be far poorer. This potential Marine Conservation Zone, located 21km off the coast of Cumbria, is home to a diverse range of creatures that form a vital part of the Irish Sea food web. This is a perfect habitat for burrowing creatures such as Dublin Bay prawns angular crabs and shrimps. Delicate sea pens and hydroids also make this mud their home.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


54° 19' 3" North,
3° 50' 50" West

Surface Area

73.28 km2
(28.29 mi.2 )


35.23 km
(21.89 mi.)

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