Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru SAC
This is a site full of cliffs which are surrounded by grasslands and heathlands. Plants such as the rare yellow whitlowgrass, a Mediterranean species restricted in the UK to south Wales, grow here. Other rarities include small restharrow, goldilocks aster and rock sea-lavenders.
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 June 1995
Surface Area15.95 km2 (6.16 mi.2)
Perimeter142.99 km (88.85 mi.)
Did you know?…
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
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’