Darwin Mounds SAC
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.
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 August 2008
Surface Area1,378.22 km2 (532.13 mi.2)
Perimeter146.34 km (90.93 mi.)
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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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