Eileanan agus Sgeiran Lios mor SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

The island of Lismore on the west coast of Scotland provides a sheltered and enclosed site for the Harbour seal. This site is made up of five groups of small offshore islands and skerries, which are extensively used as haul-out sites by the seal colony. 

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 March 2001

Surface Area

11.39 km2 (4.40 mi.2)


49.79 km (30.94 mi.)

  • Common seal (Phoca vitulina)

    Mammals that feed on fish at sea but regularly haul out on to rocky shores or inter-tidal sandbanks to rest, or to give birth and to suckle their pups. Though called ‘common’ they are actually less numerous than the grey seal, which is the other species f

Did you know?…

Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers

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