Firth of Forth Banks Complex

Site overview: This site is located in offshore waters to the east of Scotland, and includes the Berwick, Scalp and Montrose Banks and the Wee Bankie. There are really strong currents here which create a mix of different sand and gravel habitats. Seals, dolphins, flatfish, starfish, crabs and the ocean quahog all live here. The Berwick Bank is a key spawning ground for plaice and the seabirds and seals, that nest and haul-out all along the coastlines nearby, travel out to the area to hunt for food.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area
MPA Purpose
This complements the MPA power introduced through the Marine and Coastal Access Act for offshore waters around Scotland. The Act also allows the Scottish Ministers to designate MPAs for demonstration and research and for historic/cultural conservation.


56° 27' 18" North,
1° 37' 12" West

Surface Area

2,132.16 km2
(823.23 mi.2 )

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