Falmouth Harbour contains, and is near to, a number of environmentally protected areas.

Falmouth Harbour contains and is near to a number of environmentally protected areas that are part of an ecological network of areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe’s most valuable species and habitats.

Environmental Designations

SAC

Much of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners Harbour Area is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in accordance with the Habitats Regulations. This is a legal designation aimed to protect the environment.

See more information on the SAC and information on research carried out in the area of the SAC.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners is a member of the SAC Management Forum, a group of Relevant Authorities meeting regularly to discuss issues affecting the management of the SAC. Falmouth Harbour Commissioners is committed to working in partnership through the SAC Management Forum to achieve the conservation objectives contained in the SAC Management Plan.

pSPA

There is a Special Protection Area (SPA) in the marine area from St Austell to Falmouth Bay, this is to protect 3 species of overwintering birds.

See more information on the SPA.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners works closely with the statutory bodies tasked with managing our environment. We have worked closely with Natural England and have developed a working agreement with them in relation to the SPA.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners endeavour to make public all environmental information we have available.

Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)

To the South of our Harbour Limits, is the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone.