Dogger Bank SAC

Status: Designated


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.

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 August 2011

Surface Area

12,339.63 km2 (4,764.36 mi.2)


436.85 km (271.44 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

54° 51' 33" North, 2° 13' 21" East

  • Subtidal sandbanks

    Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time

  • Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time

    Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time provide a habitat for burrowing animals like worms, shellfish and urchins.

Did you know?…

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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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