North Norfolk Coast SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

Long, thin, sand dunes can be found here, which are gradually eroding and moving over time. In this site are the Blakeney Spit Pools, a lagoon system of six small pools between a shingle ridge and saltmarsh. The nationally rare species of the lagoonal mysid shrimp calls this area home.  European otters live here too. 

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 January 1996

Surface Area

31.62 km2 (12.21 mi.2)


313.50 km (194.80 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

52° 58' 11" North, 0° 48' 33" East

  • Mediterranean and thermo-Atlantic halophilous scrubs (Sarcocornetea fruticosi)

    Scrubby plants that look a lot like Mediterranean vegetation and grow in the uppermost levels of saltmarshes, often where there is a transition from saltmarsh to dunes. 

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To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed