Folkestone Pomerania MCZ
This is an inshore site located in the narrowest part of the English Channel, approximately 6 km from the south-east Kent coastline. It covers an area of approximately 34 km. Sole, cod, mackerel and herring are found here. The soft muddy areas within the site support dense ross worm reefs. Honeycomb worm reefs are also found within the site, which is very unusual as these normally do not occur in the sort of environment found here. These biogenic reefs are very fragile and are consequently particularly vulnerable to damage.
MPA TypeMarine 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 Area33.71 km2 (13.02 mi.2)
Perimeter23.49 km (14.60 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)51° 1' 24" North, 1° 16' 49" East
Ross worm reefs (Sabellaria spinulosa)
Ross worms build tubes from sand and shell fragments. They are usually found individually, but in some shallow water areas they occur in huge colonies that can be up to half a metre high and spread over several hectares. They are important because they p
Sandy seascapes that can seem a bit like deserts, but can be full of life. Flat fish and sand eels camouflaged on the surface of the sand,worms and bivalves (with their paired, hinged shells) all live in places like these.
Subtidal coarse sediment
Undersea beds of coarse sand, gravel and shingle. Most of the animals that live here, like bristleworms, sand mason worms, small shrimp-like animals, burrowing anemones, carpet shell clams and venus cockles, are found buried in the seabed – the safest pl
High energy circalittoral rock
Rocky areas affected by strong waves or currents where the water depth means there is not enough sunlight so marine animal communities like sponges, sea firs and soft corals dominate and seaweeds are mostly absent.
Fragile sponge & anthozoan communities on subtidal rocky habitats
Anthozoans are a group of soft animals with feathery tentacles, which includes soft corals, sea-fans, cup corals and anemones. Members of this group can be found together with branching sponges on steeply sloping bedrock or large boulders in depths from
Honeycomb worm reefs (Sabellaria alveolata)
Honeycomb worms build tubes from sand and shell fragments. Where these worms life close together their tubes from large reefs that provide habitat for animals and seaweeds.
Volunteer Seasearch divers from Kent regularly dive this site which has large potato crisp bryozoans (Pentapora foliacea) and some Sabellaria colonies. Surveys are limited by the tides and generally low visibility in this part of the English Channel.Learn more about Seasearch
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’
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
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