Wembury VMCA

About this route

The Wembury Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA) runs for about four miles from Yealm Head to Fort Bovisand, extending out to sea to a depth of 10 meters. Created in 1981, it is protected as a result of voluntary agreements to ensure sympathetic use of the area. This stretch of coastline is home to a wide range of habitats. In turn, these support a very diverse fauna and flora, some of which are only found in a few other parts of the country. For example, Wembury is home to the bloody-eyed velvet swimming crab and the tompot blenny. Exposed at low water, the patches of sand, shingle and stranded seaweed provide feeding grounds for resident and migrant waders including curlew and bar-tailed godwit.

Getting Around

On foot: The South West Coast Path, a long distance walking route, runs the length of Wembury VMCA.

By bus: There is a service from Plymouth to Wembury (and then a 5min. walk to the beach), see www.journeydevon.info for times.

By car: There is a National Trust car park at Wembury beach (charges apply).

Facilities
Wembury Marine Centre is open from Easter to October. Rockpool rambles and other events are organised by the Devon Wildlife Trust.
Terrain
Coastal Footpath with some cliff edges. Beach.
Accessibility

Interesting information

This site is a Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA) See here for further information on VCMAs.

Photo of a bar-tailed godwit wading on mud
Bar-tailed godwit Copyright Natural England - Allan Drewitt

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Wembury

This site spans from Wembury Beach west to Wembury Point. The area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural
View across a rocky shore to Wembury beach

Wembury

This site spans from Wembury Beach west to Wembury Point. The area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural