A list of the 15 marine areas most in need of protection around the coast of Britain has been compiled by conservation experts.
Each of the areas is of national importance for the preservation of at least one species of marine animal or plant, and for the diversity of life they contain.
The Wildlife Trusts, which embraces 47 local trusts, picked out the hotspots to highlight the need for legally protected conservation zones to be created in Britain’s seas, which contain 44,000 species.
They include a variety of habitats, from tidal mudflats to deep water, that are home to creatures ranging from tiny worms to the basking shark, the second biggest fish in British waters.
‘Time is running out for our marine life’