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Padstow granted Marine Conservation Zone protection

More fantastic news has been announced for the North Cornwall regionís shores. With the large attraction for visitors from outside the area wanting to enjoy the beautiful coastline in Cornwall when using Cornish b&bs, hotels, and other accommodation. The news that Padstow Bay and the surrounding area has recently received official protection after the Government designated it as a Marine Conservation Zone.

The area, which stretches from the shoreline to around 50 metres below the water, the inshore zone facilitates a number of marine habitats, from rocky shorelines to kelp forests and sandy bays.

The kelp forest, which provides a shelter for many marine species including the European spider crab, and blue mussel beds will be protected.

There have been sightings of the Bottlenose dolphin in the area and the Moule Island, off the Rumps, is also home to the largest nesting colony of puffins in the county.

Along with Padstow Bay, other Cornish areas designated in this Government Marine Conservation Zone are Looe Bay, the upper Fowey and Pont Pill, Whitsand, and the Manacles off the Lizard.

Ruth Williams, Living Seas manager of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, added: "Marine Conservation Zones, as part of a network of protected areas, are one of the best tools to protect marine wildlife effectively and restore our seas to their full potential following decades of neglect and decline."

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