Haig Fras SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

This site gets its name from the granite rock exposure called Haig Fras which measures about 45km by 15km, with the main section rising 38m out of the sea!  On the top part of the Haig Fras, jewel anemones live alongside sponges and sea urchin. Go down a bit deeper and you can see lots of cup corals clinging to the rock.

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 2008

Surface Area

475.99 km2 (183.78 mi.2)


118.38 km (73.56 mi.)

  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

Did you know?…

Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’