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Marine conservation zone designations in England

Marine Conservation Zones protect our diverse species and habitats in the “blue belt” around the English Coast.

Marine Conservation Zones are areas that protect a range of nationally important, rare or threatened habitats and species.

There are 91 MCZs in waters around England. You can see where the zones are on JNCC’s interactive map.

These were designated in two phases after a process closely involving stakeholders. The first 27 zones were designated on 21 November 2013. 23 sites were designated in the second phase on 17 January 2016. Following consultation, 41 sites and 12 additional features were designated on 31 May 2019. Updated GIS data for all designated MCZs has been published.

The third phase essentially completed the UK Blue Belt and our contribution to the ecologically coherent network in the North East Atlantic in terms of the representation of species and habitats.

Similar schemes are operating in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to contribute to a UK wide network of marine protected areas.

2019 MCZ designations and factsheets

  1. Marine Conservation Zones: Albert Field
  2. Marine Conservation Zones: Axe Estuary
  3. Marine Conservation Zones: Beachy Head East
  4. Marine Conservation Zones: Bembridge
  5. Marine Conservation Zones: Berwick to St. Mary's
  6. Marine Conservation Zones: Camel Estuary
  7. Marine Conservation Zones: Cape Bank
  8. Marine Conservation Zones: Dart Estuary
  9. Marine Conservation Zones: Devon Avon Estuary
  10. Marine Conservation Zones: East of Start Point
  11. Marine Conservation Zones: Erme Estuary
  12. Marine Conservation Zones: Foreland
  13. Marine Conservation Zones: Goodwin Sands
  14. Marine Conservation Zones: Helford Estuary
  15. Marine Conservation Zones: Holderness Offshore
  16. Marine Conservation Zones: Inner Bank
  17. Marine Conservation Zones: Kentish Knock East
  18. Marine Conservation Zones: Markham's Triangle
  19. Marine Conservation Zones: Morte Platform
  20. Marine Conservation Zones: North East of Haig Fras
  21. Marine Conservation Zones: North West of Lundy
  22. Marine Conservation Zones: Orford Inshore
  23. Marine Conservation Zones: Otter Estuary
  24. Marine Conservation Zones: Purbeck Coast
  25. Marine Conservation Zones: Queenie Corner
  26. Marine Conservation Zones: Ribble Estuary
  27. Marine Conservation Zones: Selsey Bill and the Hounds
  28. Marine Conservation Zones: Solway Firth
  29. Marine Conservation Zones: South of Celtic Deep
  30. Marine Conservation Zones: South of Portland
  31. Marine Conservation Zones: South of the Isles of Scilly
  32. Marine Conservation Zones: South Rigg
  33. Marine Conservation Zones: South West Approaches to the Bristol Channel
  34. Marine Conservation Zones: South West Deeps (East)
  35. Marine Conservation Zones: Southbourne Rough
  36. Marine Conservation Zones: Studland Bay
  37. Marine Conservation Zones: Swanscombe
  38. Marine Conservation Zones: West of Copeland
  39. Marine Conservation Zones: West of Wight Barfleur
  40. Marine Conservation Zones: Wyre-Lune
  41. Marine Conservation Zones: Yarmouth to Cowes

2016 MCZ designations and factsheets

  1. Marine Conservation Zones: Allonby Bay
  2. Marine Conservation Zones: Bideford to Foreland Point
  3. Marine Conservation Zone: Coquet to St Mary's
  4. Marine Conservation Zones: Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds
  5. Marine Conservation Zones: Dover to Deal
  6. Marine Conservation Zones: Dover to Folkestone
  7. Marine Conservation Zones: Farnes East
  8. Marine Conservation Zones: Fulmar
  9. Marine Conservation Zones: Greater Haig Fras
  10. Marine Conservation Zones: Hartland Point to Tintagel
  11. Marine Conservation Zones: Holderness Inshore
  12. Marine Conservation Zones: Mounts Bay
  13. Marine Conservation Zones: Newquay and the Gannel
  14. Marine Conservation Zones: North-West of Jones Bank
  15. Marine Conservation Zones: Offshore Brighton
  16. Marine Conservation Zones: Offshore Overfalls
  17. Marine Conservation Zones: Runnel Stone
  18. Marine Conservation Zones: Runswick Bay
  19. Marine Conservation Zones: The Needles
  20. Marine Conservation Zones: The Swale Estuary
  21. Marine Conservation Zones: Utopia
  22. Marine Conservation Zones: West of Walney
  23. Marine Conservation Zones: Western Channel

2013 MCZ designation orders and factsheets

  1. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Aln Estuary
  2. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Beachy Head West
  3. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries
  4. Marine conservation zones: The Canyons
  5. Marine conservation zones: Chesil Beach and Stennis Ledges
  6. Marine conservation zones: Cumbria Coast
  7. Marine conservation zones: East of Haig Fras
  8. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Folkestone Pomerania
  9. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Fylde
  10. Marine conservation zones: Isles of Scilly
  11. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Kingmere
  12. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Lundy
  13. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: The Manacles
  14. Marine conservation zones: Medway Estuary
  15. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: North East of Farnes Deep
  16. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Padstow Bay and Surrounds
  17. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Pagham Harbour
  18. Marine conservation zones: Poole Rocks
  19. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Skerries Bank and Surrounds
  20. Marine conservation zones: South Dorset
  21. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: South-West Deeps (West)
  22. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Swallow Sand
  23. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Tamar Estuary
  24. Marine conservation zones: Thanet Coast
  25. Marine conservation zones: Torbay
  26. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Upper Fowey and Pont Pill
  27. Marine conservation zones: Whitsand and Looe Bay

Policy documents

Published 21 November 2013
Last updated 31 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include the 2019 designated sites and amended features.
  2. Updated GIS data on designated MCZs is now available.
  3. Page reviewed and updated as 23 new MCZ designations have been announced.
  4. First published.