Thanet Coast

Site overview: This Special Area of Conservation partially overlaps with Thanet Coast Marine Conservation Zone - both are different types of Marine Protected Area. This SAC is in place to protect the reefs around the coastline, as well as the sea caves found here. Thanet Coast has around 90 caves or cave-like features, as well as some stack and arch formations.

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


51° 22' 41" North,
1° 23' 3" East

Surface Area

28.14 km2
(10.87 mi.2 )


58.37 km
(36.27 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Sea caves (Submerged or partially submerged sea caves)