Inner Bank

This site crosses the inshore-offshore boundary and covers an area of 199 square kilometres, located approximately 10Km south of Hastings. The deeper waters within this site include a range of habitats, including rocky habitats and sandy sediments.

The area encompasses the geological remnant of an ancient rivers system: this is an exposed area of rocky reef which increases the complexity of the seabed and is a spawning and nursery area for some fish species.

The rocky habitat supports a rich variety of animal life, including lobsters. Elsewhere, this area also features sands and course sediments, and is also known to have supported beds of native oyster, a species which was once prolific but is now much rarer.

Key Features

Subtidal Sands

Sandy sea beds can appear to be barren, but are abundant with burrowing creatures and camouflaged flatfish, such as plaice, turbot and sole.

photo: plaice / Paul Naylor

Subtidal Course Sediment

This habitat is a mixture of course sediments such as sands, gravels and shell fragments. Most of the marine life found here will be buried beneath the surface - the safest place to be!

photo: Dahlia anemones / Paul Naylor

Subtidal Mixed Sediments

As the name suggest, mixed sea beds can have a range of different sediments, such as mud, gravel, sand and pebbles. These areas are usually a mosaic of these types of sediment and can therefore support a wide range of marine wildlife.

photo: common starfish / Paul Naylor

This proposed MCZ is currently under government consultation. We expect to hear whether it will go ahead for designation by summer 2019.