Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons SAC
The Solent on the south coast of England contains within it a series of coastal lagoons and marshes. The nationally scarce lagoon sand shrimp has made its home here, as has the nationally scarce starlet sea anemone.
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 Area0.38 km2 (0.15 mi.2)
Perimeter15.15 km (9.42 mi.)
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