Defra has announced (31 May 2019) the designation of the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). All 41 new sites and the addition of new features to 12 existing MCZs proposed during last summer’s consultation are now designated.
I am sure you will be pleased to know that the Avon Estuary has been included in the designation in order to protect the features summarised below. Thank goodness for the Tentacled Lagoon Worm, which you – like me – had probably never encountered! I can’t help feeling that the entire exercise is a damp squib but time and future planning applications may prove me wrong.
The designation is described and briefly reviewed in the following document:-
The government’s response to the consultation, outlining the evidence received and explaining the decisions taken on each site, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/marine-conservation-zones-third-tranche-of-designations and full details of all sites are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/marine-conservation-zone-designations-in-england.