Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons SAC

Status: Designated


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. 

MPA Type

Special 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 date

1 October 1996

Surface Area

0.38 km2 (0.15 mi.2)


15.15 km (9.42 mi.)

  • Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)

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