The Vadills SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

This site is an outstanding example of a complex lagoon system in an extremely sheltered, undisturbed and natural environment. Maerl beds have formed here which in turn are home to a large number of species.  There are a couple of unusual species found here including rare types of algae. 

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 October 1996

Surface Area

0.62 km2 (0.24 mi.2)


12.67 km (7.87 mi.)

  • Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)

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

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas