Mud Hole MCZ

Status: Dropped


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 that are fished using bottom trawls that catch and kill many other seabed lifeforms. Angular crabs and shrimps. Delicate sea pens and hydroids also make this mud their home

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

73.28 km2 (28.29 mi.2)


35.23 km (21.89 mi.)

Did you know?…

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

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas