Loch nam Madadh

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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


57° 37' 1" North,
7° 9' 16" West

Surface Area

23.18 km2
(8.95 mi.2 )


129.97 km
(80.76 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
  • Reefs
  • Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)
  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)
  • Shallow inlets and bays (Large shallow inlets and bays)


  • Otter (Lutra lutra)