Isle of May

Site overview: 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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


56° 11' 10" North,
2° 33' 24" West

Surface Area

3.57 km2
(1.38 mi.2 )


11.16 km
(6.94 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs


  • Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)