Site overview: Sunart supports a large number of European otters - which are listed as near threatened. The otters mainly forage in the extensive wrack and kelp beds here. There is also a large influx of freshwater from numerous streams and rivers around the site, which are important to the otters for washing. In this area there is also a Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area which aims to protect the seabed here.

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


56° 40' 48" North,
5° 50' 3" West

Surface Area

102.41 km2
(39.54 mi.2 )


193.24 km
(120.07 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs


  • Otter (Lutra lutra)