Moray Firth SAC
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.
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 1996
Surface Area1,513.48 km2 (584.36 mi.2)
Perimeter389.30 km (241.90 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
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’