Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North Ridge SAC

Status: Designated


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! 

MPA Type

Special Area of Conservation

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).

Designation date

1 August 2010

Surface Area

845.34 km2 (326.39 mi.2)


157.71 km (98.00 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

53° 15' 29" North, 0° 43' 19" East

  • Subtidal sandbanks

    Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time

  • 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.

  • Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time

    Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time provide a habitat for burrowing animals like worms, shellfish and urchins.

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