Firth of Lorn SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

You can find lots of different types of underwater reefs here, together with a huge range of plants and animals that live alongside them. In fact, these reefs are amongst the most diverse in both the UK and Europe. The southern cup-coral and  a type of nationally scarce brittlestar both live here. 

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 June 1999

Surface Area

209.87 km2 (81.03 mi.2)

Perimeter

252.22 km (156.72 mi.)

  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

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’

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 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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