This consultation has now closed.

This consultation has now closed. The public support shown for the second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones should help to secure better protection for our seas and to allow them to recover and thrive. We expect Defra to make an announcement on designation of sites within the next twelve months so do keep an eye on our webpage for updates at www.wildlifetrusts.org/mcz.

You can still show your support for greater protection for our seas by learning more about the need for protection for our Ocean Giants and signing our petition at www.wildlifetrusts.org/oceangiants . You can also sign up for updates about marine protection at www.wildlifetrusts.org/mczfriends .

Many thanks for all your support.

Where the MCZs are

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Map of MCZs

Read about the MCZs

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

Letter writing tips

  • Paragraph 1Show your support for designating all 23 Marine Conservation Zones in the consultation, and the importance of creating an ‘ecologically coherent’ network of protected areas at sea.
  • Paragraph 2This is all about the consultation itself. Why do our seas need protecting and why should the government commit to this? Urge them to remain committed to a third round of MCZ designation, including those 14 sites lost from this consultation, to ensure gaps in the network are filled.
  • Paragraph 3Finally, finish off by telling Defra what the sea means to you. Are there any MCZs near you, and why not include some information about them? The links above can help you with facts and figures.
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