Lyme Bay is situated in the southwest of England, between Torbay in the west and Portland
in the east. The bay faces into the English Channel and stretches across a coastal area that includes two counties, Devon
and Dorset. Lyme Bay is part of the fossil-rich World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast
. Famous world-wide for its brilliant Jurassic geology, the Jurassic Coast includes a large range of important fossil zones. Lyme Bay has long been a favourite for diving with not just wonderful marine wildlife to attract the divers, but also features such as tank wrecks left over from the D-Day
practice. Just like much of the coastline in the South-West of England, Lyme Bay is very important for wildlife. The marine life found there is thought by some to be amongst the best found in Britain. Rare creatures like the Devon cup coral (Caryophyllia smithii) and rare pink sea fan (Eunicella verrucosa) are found there. Unfortunately, the fragile reefs off Lyme Bay are under threat from scallop dredging which threatens to destroy the coral's delicate habitat. Devon Wildlife Trust has campaigned very hard to protect the reefs and has urged for an end to the dredging and trawling within a 60 square mile zone. So far only 20% of this proposed area has been put under protection by voluntary agreements between fishermen and DEFRA.
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