Upper Fowey and Pont Pill

Site overview: This site is made up of two spatially separate areas. These estuary sites are located on the Cornish coast and protect a total area of 2 km2, making it one of the smallest Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ), a type of Marine Protected Area. These are important estuary habitats which are relatively unique, as they contain rocky habitats not usually found in estuaries. These rocks provide important nursery grounds for fish such as sea trout and bass. Large seaweeds, wracks and kelps are found on the rocky areas of shoreline. Amongst these are crustaceans, including barnacles and shore crabs, marine molluscs including periwinkles and top shells, and occasionally sponges and sea squirts. Below the water anemones, sponges, sea mats and sea squirts are often found growing on rocky surfaces.

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° 22' 15" North,
4° 38' 17" West

Surface Area

2.05 km2
(0.79 mi.2 )


36.20 km
(22.49 mi.)

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