Faray and Holm of Faray SAC
These two uninhabited islands in the northern part of Orkney support the second-largest breeding colony of grey seals in the UK, contributing around 9% of annual UK pup numbers.
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 1998
Surface Area7.82 km2 (3.02 mi.2)
Perimeter21.01 km (13.05 mi.)
Did you know?…
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
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