Lands End and Cape Bank SCI

Status: Designated


Site overview

This is an interesting site, which has deep water fairly close to the shore. Located in this site are upstanding rocky reef pinnacles to the east and south. The site is also battered by the full force of the waves and oceanic swells coming in from the Atlantic. 

MPA Type

Site of Community Importance

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). Sites that have been adopted by the European Commission but not yet formally designated by the government of each country are referred to as Sites of Community Interest (SCIs).

Designation date

1 August 2010

Surface Area

301.72 km2 (116.49 mi.2)


192.03 km (119.32 mi.)

  • 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.

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Lands End is a very exposed headland, so diving at the site has been limited due to safety, but there have been records from the site.

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