Thorness Bay

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Coordinates: 50°44′30″N1°21′21″W / 50.7416°N 1.3557°W / 50.7416; -1.3557

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Thorness Bay
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of Search Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ455935
Interest Biological and Geological
Area 86.2 hectare
Notification 1966
Location map Natural England
Thorness Bay looking south west Thorness Bay.jpg
Thorness Bay looking south west
The beach at Thorness Bay Thorness Bay, IW, UK.jpg
The beach at Thorness Bay

Thorness Bay is an 86.2 hectare Site of special scientific interest which is located on the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight, England, in the western arm of the Solent. The site was notified in 1966 for both its biological and geological features. The bay stretches about 3 km from Salt Mead Ledge in the west to Gurnard Head to the east.

Isle of Wight county and island of England

The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines.

The sea bed is a mixture of mud and sand.

A small unnamed brook enters the sea in the middle of the bay after passing through a marsh.

Stream A body of surface water flowing down a channel

A stream is a body of water with surface water flowing within the bed and banks of a channel. The stream encompasses surface and groundwater fluxes that respond to geological, geomorphological, hydrological and biotic controls.

Marsh A wetland that is dominated by herbaceous rather than woody plant species

A marsh is a wetland that is dominated by herbaceous rather than woody plant species. Marshes can often be found at the edges of lakes and streams, where they form a transition between the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. They are often dominated by grasses, rushes or reeds. If woody plants are present they tend to be low-growing shrubs. This form of vegetation is what differentiates marshes from other types of wetland such as swamps, which are dominated by trees, and mires, which are wetlands that have accumulated deposits of acidic peat.

Little Thorness Farm, a beef farm near the bay has 18 acres (73,000 m2) of protected marshland under stewardship and is a SSSI because it is home to wildlife not found in other areas.

Holiday Park

Thorness Bay also has a holiday park run by Parkdean Resorts. It has a direct footpath leading straight to the beach.

Parkdean Resorts

Parkdean Resorts is a holiday park operator in the United Kingdom.

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