Treshnish Isles SAC
These isles are a remote chain of uninhabited islands and skerries situated in south-west Scotland. They support a breeding colony of grey seals, which make up just under 3% of annual UK pup numbers.
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 Area19.61 km2 (7.57 mi.2)
Perimeter19.41 km (12.06 mi.)
Did you know?…
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’
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