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Purbeck & Southeast Dorset

Steeped in geological history and bountiful panoramic vistas the Purbeck Coast Marine Protected Area is of national and international importance.

Vast rocky reefs, rare rockpool habitats and maerl beds support a vast number of amazing plants and animals, all with their own stories to tell. Nesting building bream, ray ‘hotspots’, sponge covered undersea cliffs and new species all add to the rich tapestry of life off the Purbeck Coast.

People are drawn from miles around to enjoy the Purbeck Coast, use its waters for recreation or to fish commercially. All this activity requires careful management to ensure the seas remain healthy and productive for future generations.