Orfordness - Shingle Street SAC
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 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 Area8.87 km2 (3.43 mi.2)
Perimeter51.00 km (31.69 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)52° 5' 16" North, 1° 33' 15" East
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.Learn more about Seasearch
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