Dogger Bank

Site overview: This is the largest single continuous expanse of shallow sandbank in the UK and was formed by glacial processes, before being submerged through sea level rise. It is in the Southern North Sea, approximately 150km north east of the Humber Estuary. Worms burrow into the sand and then become a food source for larger animals, along with sandeels which also live here. Hermit crabs, flatfish, starfish and brittlestars also live on the seabed. This is a really important location for the harbour porpoises that live in the North Sea. Grey and common seals are known to visit the bank.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Site of Community Importance
MPA Purpose
Sites which have been adopted by the EC, but not yet formally designated by governments of Member States are known as Sites of Community Importance (SCIs)


54° 51' 30" North,
2° 13' 16" East

Surface Area

12,340.86 km2
(4,764.83 mi.2 )


436.75 km
(271.38 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


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