Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone

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Site overview: This site lies off the south coast of England, off the counties of Devon and Cornwall, and is made up of three groups of reef: Start Point to West Rutts Reefs, Bigbury Bay to Plymouth Sound Reefs and the Eddystone Reefs The inshore reefs here support large kelp forests; kelp is recognised as being one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth.

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° 12' 36" North,
3° 59' 1" West

Surface Area

341.01 km2
(131.66 mi.2 )


323.83 km
(201.22 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs