Wash Approach

Site overview: This site overlaps with the Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North Ridge Special Area of Conservation - which is another type of Marine Protected Area. This site is made up of sandbanks and is home to sponges and anemones. This is an important breeding and nursery area for herring, Dover sole, lemon sole, whiting and sandeel. Skates and rays also swim through. Seabirds such as the northern fulmar, northern gannet and sandwich tern all come here to feed.
At risk:  ! This site is at risk, it currently is not designated as a Marine Protected Area - but should be. Decision makers in England will determine in 2017 if this site should be protected, make sure your voice is heard. Take action to ensure this site becomes a properly protected area.

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


53° 15' 8" North,
0° 56' 37" East

Surface Area

724.52 km2
(279.74 mi.2 )


107.50 km
(66.80 mi.)

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