Haig Fras

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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


50° 13' 46" North,
7° 46' 56" West

Surface Area

476.03 km2
(183.79 mi.2 )


118.59 km
(73.69 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)