Ascrib, Isay and Dunvegan SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is made up of a series of skerries, islets, undisturbed mainland shores and offshore islands in north-west Skye. They are home to a breeding colony of Harbour seals and common seals. 

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 September 2001

Surface Area

25.81 km2 (9.97 mi.2)

Perimeter

88.61 km (55.06 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

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