Drigg Coast

Site overview: Drigg is an example of a small, bar-built estuary on the north-west coast of England. It is fed by three rivers (the Irt, Mite and Esk). This is one of the most natural and least developed estuaries the UK, with little industry and few artificial coastal defence structures. This area was designated to protect the different habitats here, which include mud and sand flats as well as areas of intertidal stony reef.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


54° 21' 19" North,
3° 26' 7" West

Surface Area

13.97 km2
(5.39 mi.2 )


40.45 km
(25.14 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Atlantic salt meadows (Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae))
  • Estuaries
  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
  • Glasswort and other annuals colonising mud and sand (Salicornia and other annuals colonising mud and sand)