This inland wetland contains numerous examples of wet heath (Erica ciliaris, E. tetralix) and acid valley mire, habitats that are restricted to the Atlantic fringe of Europe. These heath wetlands are amongst the best of their type in lowland Britain. The site supports a large assemblage of nationally rare and scarce wetland plant species and invertebrates (28 species). The area is used for nature conservation, tourism, recreation, rough or shifting grazing, mining, and hunting
While this site is a designated Wetland of International Importance - a designation which does fall under the United Kingdom's current definition of a Marine Protected Area - it has no marine components. The site is included in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), so we have left it on our site; However, it is not considered a Marine Protected Area. Check out our MPApedia page on the United Kingdom for more information on their new MPA network!
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Original data record from World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) via ProtectedPlanet.net [view record on site].