Lyme Bay is an area of the
English Channelsituated in the southwest of Englandbetween Torbayin the west and Portland in the east. The counties of Devonand Dorsetfront onto the bay.
The area around Lyme Bay is part of a
World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, named for its Jurassic geology. The Jurassic Coast runs from near Swanagein the Isle of Purbeckto near Exmouth in East Devon. Many of the earliest discoveries of dinosaurand other prehistoric reptileremains were in the area surrounding Lyme Regisand Charmouth. Notable among these were the discoveries made by self-educated paleontologistand fossil collector Mary Anning, in the 1820s.
The weather in the bay is temperate by English standards, and far more temperate than many other places at a similar latitude. The reason for this is the warming action of the
Gulf Stream. The area along the coast of Lyme Bay is thus a popular holiday destination. On 22 March 1993, four schoolchildren died in what is known as the Lyme Bay kayaking tragedy.
Lyme Bay was the site of
Exercise Tiger, a practice run for the D-Dayinvasion of Francein 1944, using the beach called Slapton Sands near Slapton, Devonas the practice landing area. The operation went horribly wrong when German E-boatsappeared on the scene and killed 749 American Army and Navy personnel in the middle of the bay.
A new ship currently under construction for the
Royal Fleet Auxiliarycarries the name of the area, RFA "Lyme Bay".
container ship, MSC Napoli, is visible from Lyme Bay.
The diving off Lyme Bay is famous. As well as some tank wrecks from the D-Day practice, the marine life is some of the best in Britain and includes the
Devon cup coral("Caryophyllia smithii") and rare pink sea fan("Eunicella verrucosa"). The reefs have been under threat from scallop dredging which, if unregulated, might destroy the coral's habitat. Devon Wildlife Trusthas been campaigning to protect the reefs, calling for an end to the dredging and trawling within a 60sq mile zone to help the reefs recover. Thankfully about 20% of this area is now protected by a voluntary agreement made between the DEFRA and the enlightened fishermen of the South West Inshore Fishermen's Association. The reefs that the fishermen have agreed to protect from towed fishing gear are home to a spectacular marine diversity that will now thrive in peace.
* River Axe
* Virtle Rock is an
isletin Poker's Pool, Lyme Bay. It is the farthest isletfrom the coastof Poker's Pool.
* [http://www.lymebay.com Lyme Bay Coast Tourist Guide]
* [http://www.westbay.co.uk/lymebay/ The Towns along the Lyme Bay Coast]
* [http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/index.php?section=places:lymebay] Devon Wildlife Trusts page about the Lyme Bay
* [http://www.savelymebayreefs.org/saveourseas/SaveLymeBayDefault.aspx Save Lyme Bay Reefs]
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