Isle of May SAC
This site is at the entrance to the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland. This is an important area for grey seal, and the site supports the largest east coast breeding colony of grey seals in Scotland, and the fourth-largest breeding colony in the UK.
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 2001
Surface Area3.57 km2 (1.38 mi.2)
Perimeter11.16 km (6.93 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
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
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’