East Mingulay SCI
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 TypeSite 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 date1 September 2011
Surface Area114.89 km2 (44.36 mi.2)
Perimeter44.72 km (27.79 mi.)
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’
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 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
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