Bassurelle Sandbank

Site overview: The Bassurelle Sandbank is in the Dover Strait which straddles the boundary between UK and French waters. The part of the sandbank within UK waters is approximately 2.5km at its widest point, and has a maximum height of around 15m. Lots of small worms burrow into this sandbank and call it home. They in turn act as a food source for larger sea creatures. On the bank itself, hermit crabs scurry around, and brittlestars wave their arms in the current to catch food. Sand eels and weever fish have also been spotted swimming through. The region is a nursery area for lemon sole, mackerel and sand eel and a spawning area for cod, lemon sole, sole, plaice, sandeel and sprat.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Site of Community Importance
MPA Purpose
Sites which have been adopted by the EC, but not yet formally designated by governments of Member States are known as Sites of Community Importance (SCIs)


50° 35' 35" North,
1° 0' 23" East

Surface Area

67.11 km2
(25.91 mi.2 )


45.87 km
(28.50 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)
  • Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time (Annex I habitat)