Plymouth Sound & Estuaries IPA

Location: Plymouth harbour and its eastern coastline from Western King Point as far as Staddon Bay.

Grid Reference: SX 490 528

Plymouth Sound & Estuaries IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of marine algae on Littoral rock and other hard substrata: sublittoral rock and other hard substrata
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Salt tolerant vegetation on intertidal saltmarshes
  • Plymouth Sound and Estuaries has been designated as an IPA because of its habitats and marine algae.

    It is composed of many habitats varying from sandbanks, estuaries, large shallow inlets and bays, reefs and atlantic salt meadows.

    The IPA is also renowned for its marine algae, such as red algae communities that are nationally uncommon, in particular the red algae Gracilaria multipartite.