Isles of Scilly Complex

Site overview: This area was protected as a Special Area of Conservation, a type of Marine Protected Area, to protect the sandbanks, mudflats and reefs found in this area. These habitats are home to some rare species of sponge, carpet coral and cup coral. Kelp and red algae are also found here.

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


49° 55' 29" North,
6° 21' 14" West

Surface Area

268.06 km2
(103.50 mi.2 )


294.33 km
(182.89 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)


  • Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)