A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

MCZs are a new type of Marine Protected Area designation introduced through the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. They will protect areas which are important for conserving the diversity of nationally rare or threatened habitats and/or species. They will also protect those places containing habitats and/or species that are representative of the biodiversity in our seas as a whole.

The Manacles are one of 31 recommended MCZs which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed for designation, following a public consultation (December 2012-March 2013). The other proposed MCZs are in the North Sea, the Irish Sea, the Channel and here in the south west – both inshore and offshore towards the Atlantic. The Government's announcement on designating MCZs is due imminently, so watch this space.

Published: Nov 2013
Author: Charlotte Marshall  (NE)
Photos:

Jewel anemones on The Manacles - Angie Gall
Pink sea fan and bloody Henry starfish on The Manacles - Angie Gall
The Manacles reef - Rob Seebold (Natural England)

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