As of 17th December 2021 a voluntary no-anchor zone is in place within Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). Through this voluntary measure, boat users are being asked to help protect precious seagrass habitats in Studland Bay and the many species which rely on them for shelter.
This is the first of two planned phases of MMO management of anchoring within the bay as part of the Studland Bay MCZ Habitat Protection Strategy which was launched on 10 September 2021.
The voluntary no-anchor zone covers the initial core area of seagrass which will then be increased from 1 June 2022 to cover the majority of seagrass beds within the bay and form a permanent voluntary no-anchor zone. This phased voluntary approach will support users of the bay to help protect the important habitats and species which call Studland Bay MCZ home, while recognising the importance of the bay for recreational activities.
See the leaflet with further details - Studland Leaflet Vessel.pdf