Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North Ridge

Site overview: This site is located off the south Lincolnshire coast in the vicinity of Skegness, extending eastwards and north from Burnham Flats on the North Norfolk coast, occupying The Wash Approaches. Water depths are generally shallow and mostly less than 30m. This site is mainly made up of various types of sandbanks and reefs. The reef here is a biogenic reef meaning that it was made by worms!

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)


53° 15' 26" North,
0° 43' 14" East

Surface Area

845.38 km2
(326.40 mi.2 )


157.41 km
(97.81 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


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