Isles of Scilly Sites - Peninnis to Dry Ledge


Site overview: This Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ), a type of Marine Protected Area, is actually one of 11 which make up the Isles of Scilly MCZs. These sites are approximately 45 kilometers southwest of the Cornish coast and cover a total area of over 30 km2. These areas include a variety of habitats and species and the water ranges from sea level to 70 meters deep. The shallow inshore areas are rich in seaweeds, rocky areas are home to encrusting animals such as barnacles and sea squirts, as well as crabs and fish that use the spaces between rocks and boulders for shelter. Sandy habitats support burrowing marine worms and shrimp-like sandhoppers, whilst deeper waters support sea-fans and anemones. Both the short-snouted and the spiny seahorse are found here, as are rare species including sunset cup corals.


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


Coordinates

49° 54' 54" North,
6° 16' 56" West

Surface Area

3.27 km2
(1.26 mi.2 )

Perimeter

21.04 km
(13.07 mi.)

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