Marine Nature Reserves
Wales’ only Marine Nature Reserve is aimed at
protecting important marine habitats and species off the
Sea slug Coryphella browni ©Phil Newman CCW
Crawfish (biodiversity action plan species) ©Trevor Rees
Seaweed community ©Kate Lock CCW
Pink seafan monitoring photography (biodiversity action plan species) ©Rohan Holt CCW
Grey Seal female ©Mark Burton CCW
Grey seal pup ©Phil Newman CCW
Parazoanthus axinellae and sponge community ©Mark Burton CCW
Velvet swimming crab on a wall of jewel anenomes ©Kate Lock CCW
Dahlia anenomes ©Blaise Bullimore
What are Marine Nature Reserves (MNRs)?
They are a way of conserving sea habitats and wildlife, and
other features along the shore and on the seabed.
CCW can apply to the First Minister of the Welsh Government,
asking that an area be designated a Marine Nature Reserve.
How are they protected?
Special byelaws can be passed to protect MNRs.
They are created through discussion and mutual agreement between
the various parties concerned. They also draw attention to the
value and fragility of marine sites.
Where is Wales’ MNR?
Around the island of Skomer and around the Marloes Peninsula on
the Pembrokeshire Coast.
MNRs in Wales at 31 May 2008
|Total number of MNRs
Protection of MNRs
Designation of MNRs
CCW may apply to the Welsh Government to designate Marine Nature
Reserves under Section 36 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
This applies to areas of land covered by tidal waters or parts of
the sea, which may be designated for the following
- To conserve marine flora, fauna, geological or physical
features of special interest in the area;
- To provide special opportunities for scientific research and