Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

The Firth of Tay and the Eden estuary are two high quality estuarine areas. The Tay is the least modified of the large east coast estuaries in Scotland, while the Eden estuary represents a smaller pocket estuary.  This site supports a nationally important breeding colony of Harbour seals. Around 600 adults haul-out at the site to rest, pup and moult, representing around 2% of the UK population.

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 May 2002

Surface Area

154.52 km2 (59.66 mi.2)

Perimeter

143.11 km (88.92 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

  • 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)
  • Subtidal sandbanks

    Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time

Did you know?…

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

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

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