Luce Bay and Sands

Site overview: This site has been put in place to protect the different types of sand dunes found here. The areas of sea contain mixed boulders which are home to kelp and sea-oak, red algae and the dahlia anemone. Worms dig into the sand, whilst brittlestars live on top, catching passing nutrients as food.

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° 44' 21" North,
4° 44' 48" West

Surface Area

487.56 km2
(188.25 mi.2 )


122.86 km
(76.34 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
  • Reefs
  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)
  • Shallow inlets and bays (Large shallow inlets and bays)