England and Wales look to protect megafauna

Whales, dolphins and sharks need protection from boats and over-fishing at 17 areas off the English and Welsh coastlines, a new report suggests.

Unlike the work done in Scotland, this is the first time, the strips of water where large marine life, known as ‘megafauna’, gather to feed, breed and raise their young, have been identified in English and Welsh coastlines by wildlife experts.

The proposals include creating a new marine protected area in the south west part of Lyme Bay, which is an important foraging area for white-beaked dolphins as well as hosting important numbers of harbour porpoises.

They also include creating a protected area for common dolphins in the North of Celtic Deep, off the Welsh coast. The food-rich area is a critical habitat for the common dolphin, which gathers in large numbers in the summer to feed and calve, the trusts said.

Areas in Cardigan Bay, off the Northumberland coast and off the southern tip of the Cornish coast are all among the hotspots that the Wildlife Trusts want to see protected for dolphins, whales and basking sharks.



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