Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons

Site overview: 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.

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


50° 44' 9" North,
1° 21' 8" West

Surface Area

0.38 km2
(0.15 mi.2 )


15.14 km
(9.41 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)