ADDITIONAL PROTECTION FOR YORKSHIRE COAST
A new Marine Protected Area (MPA) around Flamborough and Filey is expected to be given the go-ahead by the government. The designation will include protection for all species of seabird nesting along this stretch of the coastline, including the puffin and gannet. The MPA will apply to the coast and two kilometres of inshore waters.
This stretch of coastline is home to one of the UK’s largest seabird colonies, and is already a Special Protection Area. It extends over 7,600 hectares from Sewerby Cliffs in the East Riding of Yorkshire to Cunstone Nab, south of Scarborough, in North Yorkshire. It’s hoped the MPA will also encourage more wildlife tourism to Yorkshire.
The MPA would include two kilometres of inshore waters