Studland to Portland reef to get special protection

Over 330 square km of marine habitat off the coast of Dorset will be given greater protection, Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today. The site located at Studland to Portland is over half the size of the New Forest National Park, and has been submitted by the Government to the European Commission to become a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
When designated it will complete England’s network of coastal SACs and will mean its reefs will be protected from damaging human activities and its rare features conserved. Read more on the DeFRA website…

For more information on marine protected areas go to: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/marine/protect/mpa