North Norfolk Coast SAC
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 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 January 1996
Surface Area31.62 km2 (12.21 mi.2)
Perimeter313.50 km (194.80 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)52° 58' 11" North, 0° 48' 33" East
Did you know?…
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
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
The future of fisheries is being decided
The UK government has opened a public consultation asking how we think they should manage our fisheries after Brexit through a new Fisheries Bill.Act now!