Thanet Coast

Site overview: This is an inshore site located on the Kent coast. The site boundary stretches from the east of Herne Bay, around Thanet to the northern wall of Ramsgate harbour. The site protects an area of approximately 64 km2. This Marine Conservation Zone partially overlaps with an existing Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and will build upon this designation, protecting parts which are not already protected. This site was put in place to protect the subtidal chalk that extends seawards from the chalk reefs found here. The chalk seabed within the area is the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk in the UK. Here, sponges, anemones and sea squirts live alongside a variety of crab and fish species. This is also an important site for a type of stalked jellyfish; these are really small creatures, reaching less than 1 cm in height. Unlike other species of stalked jellyfish, it is rarely attached to seagrasses, but instead is typically found on small red seaweeds on rocky shores.

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


51° 22' 45" North,
1° 22' 47" East

Surface Area

63.63 km2
(24.57 mi.2 )


66.82 km
(41.52 mi.)

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