Chesil Beach and The Fleet


Site overview: This site is located on the south coast of England in Dorset. It is a long, linear shingle beach (Chesil Bank), enclosing a brackish lagoon (the Fleet). The Fleet is extraordinarily rich in wildlife, with communities of aquatic plants and animals. This site also supports large numbers of wintering waterbirds, including the dark-bellied brent goose. In spring and summer, Chesil Bank is an important breeding site for little terns, which feed in the shallow waters of the lagoon.


Designation Status
Designated
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union



Coordinates

50° 37' 8" North,
2° 32' 10" West

Surface Area

7.48 km2
(2.89 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site

Habitat

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes

Species

  • Dark-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla bernicla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)