East Mingulay SCI

Status: Designated


Site overview

This site is in place to protect the reefs that are found here. Nine reef areas have been identified. These are formed from cold-water coral, and the site is one of the only known areas with extensive cold-water coral reefs within UK.  Surveys here have identified over 400 species, including a sponge which was new to science. 

MPA Type

Site of Community Importance

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). Sites that have been adopted by the European Commission but not yet formally designated by the government of each country are referred to as Sites of Community Interest (SCIs).

Designation date

1 September 2011

Surface Area

114.89 km2 (44.36 mi.2)


44.72 km (27.79 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?…

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

Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers