South Uist Machair SAC
This site spans both the sea and the land and includes excellent examples of marine to freshwater habitats. This site also protects the European otter.
MPA TypeSpecial Area of Conservation
Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).
Designation date1 October 1996
Surface Area34.31 km2 (13.25 mi.2)
Perimeter133.97 km (83.25 mi.)
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Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
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Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
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