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

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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.

Image: Plymouth Estuary © Ross Bullimore, Natural England

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