Solway Firth Recommended MCZ

Pollack. Photo: Paul NaylorPollack. Photo: Paul Naylor

The Solway Firth is an important nursery ground for fish such as smelt, bass, pollack and various flatfish.

The fast-flowing waters are home to many species of fish that are not only important for us but also create a rich feeding ground for waders and seabirds

The Solway Firth is a shallow, wide estuary that provides a corridor between England and Scotland. The fast flowing waters are home to many species of fish that are not only of importance to us, but also create a rich feeding ground for waders and seabirds.

This site is being recommended to protect smelt, a species of conservation importance. It is also an important nursery ground for bass, pollack and
some flatfish species.

The Solway Firth is an important area for conservation and is already designated as a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each type of designation protects different features of the area and, with the Marine Conservation Zone, they will complement each other for maximum protection for the habitat and the species that live there.


We need your help to ensure that this site is included in the third and final phase of designations. Become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones today!

Other nearby sites

Allonby Bay MCZ

Location

The location of the Solway Firth Recommended MCZ can be seen in the map below.

 

Contains UKHO Law of the Sea data. Crown copyright and database right and contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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