Orfordness - Shingle Street SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

This site is made up of a series of lagoons where salty water mixes with fresh water.  The nationally rare starlet sea anemone is found here. 

MPA Type

Special 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 date

1 January 1996

Surface Area

8.87 km2 (3.43 mi.2)


51.00 km (31.69 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

52° 5' 16" North, 1° 33' 15" East

  • Annual vegetation of drift lines

    Plants that last mostly only for one growing season on fine shingle shorelines that tend to shift and change.

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Seasearch East have undertaken surveys within this MPA, limited to snorkelling and pontoon-based investigations rather than diving. The river is busy with recreational yacht traffic and has very high sediment levels which severely limit visibility.

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Did you know?…

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

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers