Loch nam Madadh SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site forms the most extensive and diverse salt lagoon systems in the UK. At the entrances to some of the lagoons there are rock and boulder waterfalls. Others have rock and coarse sediment rapids. Beds of dwarf eelgrass grow here with small patches of eelgrass. Sea cucumbers also live in the soft mud in the inner basins.

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

23.17 km2 (8.95 mi.2)

Perimeter

129.77 km (80.64 mi.)

  • Otter (Lutra lutra)

    These fish-eating mammals completely disappeared from the waterways of most of central and southern England in just 50 years, their future now looks much brighter.

  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
  • Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)
  • Subtidal sandbanks

    Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time

  • Shallow inlets and bays (Shallow inlets and bays)
  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

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