Flamborough Head SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire is a spectacular undersea landscape. The most northerly outcropping of coastal chalk in Britain descends into the sea, where seabird colonies take advantage of the cliff faces, and the chalk reefs below the waves support a less familiar but equally rich variety of life - this is a great spot for divers. 

MPA Type

Special 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 date

1 January 1996

Surface Area

63.23 km2 (24.41 mi.2)


59.81 km (37.16 mi.)

  • Submerged or partially submerged sea caves

    Typically associated with reefs, caves that are either underwater all the time or welcome the sea at high tides, caves provide a habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.

  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

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Seasearch has undertaken historical dives in the site. Volunteer divers also undertook monitoring of the site in the first year after a no take zone was set up in 2007.

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Did you know?…

Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers

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