Competition Results: To Name a Newly Recommended Marine Conservation Zone (rMCZ) in Dorset
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) were authorised to offer the public a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to name an offshore area that Defra is considering in Tranche 3 of the MCZ network designation process.
The site is located 30km south of Bournemouth and encompasses 191 km2. It has been recommended for a particular type of seabed habitat called ‘subtidal coarse sediment’, however the seabed here, which reaches depths of 30-50m, also supports a range of other habitats including sand interspersed with cobble and boulder reef and bedrock exposures. Collectively, these habitats are home to animals such as soft corals, sponges, bryozoans, brittlestars and anemones. Scroll down for images of these associated species.
Seabed imagery © Dorset Wildlife Trust
Contains MCA data ©Crown Copyright
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The above map provides a bit of context - you can see detail of the seabed (where we have data), some images from the survey work carried out for the Navitus proposals and names of nearby sites and features. Zoom in or click on the image icons.
Read more about Marine Protected Areas in Dorset here.
Scroll down to see some of the species found within the site.
Marine Protected Areas
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