Margate and Long Sands

Site overview: This site starts to the north of the Thanet coast of Kent and proceeds in a north-easterly direction to the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary. Long Sands, as the name suggests, is a long sandbank found in this site. As the sand shifts in time the main animals that can live in it are small worms and amphipods. Crabs, squid, brown shrimp and sole and herring also swim through.

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)


51° 33' 57" North,
1° 22' 15" East

Surface Area

648.43 km2
(250.36 mi.2 )


156.82 km
(97.44 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


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