Loch nam Madadh SAC
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 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 October 1996
Surface Area23.17 km2 (8.95 mi.2)
Perimeter129.77 km (80.64 mi.)
- Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
- Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)
Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time
- Shallow inlets and bays (Shallow inlets and bays)
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.
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 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers