Tweed Estuary SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This is an estuary which feeds into the North Sea. The water quality is classified as excellent throughout. Lots of fish swim through here, including the rare allis shad. Migratory Atlantic salmon and occasional river lamprey and sea lamprey also use these waters. Sandstell Point, at the mouth of the estuary, is a wide spit of clean mobile sand on which lots of crustaceans live. 

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

1.56 km2 (0.60 mi.2)

Perimeter

13.45 km (8.36 mi.)

  • Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)

    A primitive jawless fish that looks a bit like an eel.

  • Estuaries

    The downstream part of a river, where it nears the sea, which is influenced by the tide These complex habitats can include areas always submerged by the tide as well as those exposed at low tide. They can be exceptionally important feeding and breeding ar

  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)

Did you know?…

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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