The protection provided to our off-shore waters and the wildlife is lamentable. So it was nice to read that the colonies of sea horses that live in the eelgrass beds of Salcombe harbour now have the full weight of the Wildlife and Countryside Act behind them.
This applies to both the Sea Horses and the habitat and means it's an offense to kill them, capture them or sell them.
Apparently two species of Sea Horse make use of the harbour (the spiny sea horse and the short-snouted sea horse) from time to time during the year. The sea horses go out to find deeper waters for parts of the year.