Loch Creran SAC
Loch Creran is situated at the northern end of the Firth of Lorn, and is an important area for biogenic reefs of the calcareous tube-worm. The development by these worms into a type of reef is extremely rare; Loch Creran is the only known site in the UK to contain these living reefs. There is also another Marine Protected Area here, the Loch Creran MPA.
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 March 2001
Surface Area12.26 km2 (4.73 mi.2)
Perimeter38.08 km (23.66 mi.)
Loch Creran contains some of the best examples of the biogenic serpulid reef habitat. These reefs are comprised of calcareous worm tubes which are very fragile and susceptible to damage from anchoring, mobile gear and adverse weather.Learn more about Seasearch
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