Poole Rocks

Site overview: This is an inshore site lying just to the east of the entrance to Poole Harbour, made up of several small patches of low-lying rocky outcrops. The shallow water area here is covered in sponges, bryozoans and hydroids rather than seaweeds, and a few solitary pink sea fans have been recorded on nearby patches of rock. The rarely recorded Couch’s goby has been spotted in this site and fish, such as pouting and pollack, often shoal over the rocks. Several wrasse species, including Ballan wrasse, nest among the rocks of the reef. The native oyster is also found here. Dive beneath the waves Seasearch, a national network of scientifically trained scuba divers, has surveyed this site on a number of occasions. They were involved in detailed surveying prior to this site being protected in order to gather information on what needed to be cared for. In 2015 Seasearch dived the site again. Their report detailed a number of species found in the 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


50° 41' 15" North,
1° 53' 4" West

Surface Area

3.74 km2
(1.45 mi.2 )


7.75 km
(4.81 mi.)

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