Fal and Helford

Site overview:
The Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation in Cornwall is unique but sadly threatened.
Lying between the Manacles at the southwest point and St Anthony Head at the northeast point this protected site includes both Falmouth Bay and the Fal and Helford rivers. This site has been protected since 2005 because of the outstanding habitats found there.

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


50° 8' 14" North,
5° 2' 59" West

Surface Area

63.61 km2
(24.56 mi.2 )


230.47 km
(143.21 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)
  • Reefs
  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)
  • Shallow inlets and bays (Large shallow inlets and bays)