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?…

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

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

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’