Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast SAC
This beautiful area of coastline in north-east England and south-east Scotland is an excellent site for mudflats and sandflats. The site ranges from harsh, wave-exposed beaches to sheltered muddy flats. The largest intertidal beds of narrow-leaved eelgrass and dwarf eelgrass on the east coast of England grow here. There are also a couple of large mussel beds. Sandeels live in the sandy seabed along with worms - both of which are a food source for larger sea creatures. There are also submerged sea caves, tunnels and arches in the volcanic rock of the Farne Islands and around St Abb’s Head. Grey seals call this area home and around 2.5% of total yearly population of seal pups in the UK are born here.
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 Area653.05 km2 (252.14 mi.2)
Perimeter246.69 km (153.29 mi.)
- Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)
- Shallow inlets and bays (Shallow inlets and bays)
Submerged or partially submerged sea caves
Typically associated with reefs, caves that are either underwater all the time or welcome the sea at high tides, caves provide a habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.
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.
Seasearch Northeast has been active in this area of coast in the past, which encompasses the diving hotspot of the Farnes.Learn more about Seasearch
Did you know?…
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’