Lands End and Cape Bank SCI
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 TypeSite 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 date1 August 2010
Surface Area301.72 km2 (116.49 mi.2)
Perimeter192.03 km (119.32 mi.)
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.Learn more about Seasearch
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