Solway Firth

Solway Firth

Proposed Marine Conservation Zone

European smelt © Jack Perks

45 Sq Km area
188 Km perimeter
6 Key habitats

The Solway Firth is an important nursery ground for fish such as smelt, bass, pollack and various flatfish. The Solway Firth is a shallow, wide estuary that provides a corridor between England and Scotland. The fast flowing waters are home to many species of fish that are not only of importance to us, but also create a rich feeding ground for waders and seabirds.

This site is being recommended to protect smelt, a species of conservation importance. It is also an important nursery ground for bass, pollack and some flatfish species. 

The Solway Firth is an important area for conservation and is already designated as a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each type of designation protects different features of the area and, with the Marine Conservation Zone, they will complement each other for maximum protection for the habitat and the species that live there.

Smelt are also know as 'cucumber fish' due to their intense smell, reminiscent of fresh cucumbers!
Solway Firth

Contains UKHO Law of the Sea data. Crown copyright and database right and contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012.

European smelt © Jack Perks

European smelt © Jack Perks

Help us secure protection for the Solway Firth

This estuary is an important nursery ground for fish such as the European smelt which have suffered significant declines over the past 200 years. Help us ensure that this site is designated as an MCZ.

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