Darwin Mounds

Site overview: This site gets its name from an area of sandy mounds each of which is capped with cold-water coral. Each of the mounds is approximately 100m in diameter and 5m high. These coral caps are thought to be unique due to the particular geological processes which formed the mounds and the fact that the coral is growing on sand. The individual reefs in turn are home to sponges and starfish.

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


59° 44' 51" North,
7° 12' 8" West

Surface Area

1,378.23 km2
(532.14 mi.2 )


146.48 km
(91.02 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)