Moray Firth

Site overview: This site in north-east Scotland is home to the only known resident population of bottlenose dolphins in the North Sea. Around 130 of these beautiful animals live here all year round.

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


57° 49' 2" North,
3° 43' 29" West

Surface Area

1,513.63 km2
(584.41 mi.2 )


389.57 km
(242.07 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)


  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)