Padstow Bay and Surrounds

Site overview: This is an inshore site located on the Cornish coast and covers an area of approximately 90 km2. This site aims to protect the rocky outcrops and reefs that support rich underwater communities, as well as pink sea-fan and spiny lobster. The pink sea-fan, is actually a type of coral. These corals are not individual animals but are made up of hundreds of tiny anemone-like animals called polyps. These fans can grow up to 80 cm high and 100 cm across. They are very fragile and slow growing, which makes them vulnerable to damage.

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


50° 32' 52" North,
5° 3' 29" West

Surface Area

90.32 km2
(34.87 mi.2 )


83.70 km
(52.01 mi.)

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