Upper Fowey & Pont Pill
Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)
The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 allows for the creation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). MCZs protect a range of nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology, and can be designated anywhere in English and Welsh territorial and UK offshore waters. Lundy Island, a former Marine Nature Reserve in the Bristol Channel became the UK's first MCZ in January 2010. More information on Marine Conservation Zones is available on Defra's website.
In November 2013, 27 sites were designated within English waters.The Upper Fowey & Pont Pill MCZ was designated at this time.
The designated area is shown by the purple highlighted area on the map below, there are two geographically separate areas included in this designation.
Why are these sites important?
Upper Fowey and Pont Pill MCZs protect an area that is representative of the estuarine habitats found across the south-west region. The habitats and associated species within the site make an important contribution to the marine protected areas network. The Fowey estuary contains intertidal mud and sediments, as well as saltmarshes and unusual estuarine rocky habitats which create an environment capable of supporting a diverse range of species.
For further information about the MCZ area and the habitat features protected: DEFRA's Upper Fowey & Pont Pill MCZ Factsheet