Offshore Brighton

Overview This area is located south of Brighton and extends out to the median line with France. It is a large area - covering 862km2 of deeper offshore waters within the English Channel. These deeper waters are less affected by natural disturbance than those which are inshore, allowing a wide range of species to live here. For example Ross worm reefs, known as biogenic reefs, are found here. Hermit crabs and starfish also thrive in this 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° 15' 51" North,
0° 35' 25" West

Surface Area

861.72 km2
(332.71 mi.2 )


127.39 km
(79.15 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Subtidal coarse sediment (Broad-scale habitat)
  • Subtidal mixed sediments (Broad-scale habitat)
  • High energy circalittoral rock (Broad-scale habitat)