Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary

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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


56° 25' 29" North,
2° 56' 29" West

Surface Area

154.53 km2
(59.67 mi.2 )


143.26 km
(89.02 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


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


  • Common seal (Phoca vitulina)


  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)