Isles of Scilly Complex SAC
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.
MPA TypeSpecial 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 date1 January 1996
Surface Area268.05 km2 (103.49 mi.2)
Perimeter294.38 km (182.92 mi.)
- Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time
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.
Seasearch has regularly undertaken dive trips to the archipelago.Learn more about Seasearch
Did you know?…
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’