Orfordness - Shingle Street SAC

Status: Designated

Description

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)

Perimeter

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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