Noss Head NCMPA - designation documents

Noss Head Nature Conservation MPA was designated to protect the largest known horse mussel bed anywhere in Scottish waters. Test

Site summary document

Horse mussel beds are an important habitat as they provide:

  • food and shelter for young fish and crabs
  • a solid foundation on which soft corals, sea firs and tube worms can anchor

This NCMPA covers around 8 square kilometres of coastal waters off Wick on Scotland’s north-east coast.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Noss Head NCMPA

Protected features

Biodiversity: horse mussel beds

Related links

Noss Head Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

Published 2014

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