Shell Flat and Lune Deep

Site overview: Shell Flat sandbank runs northeast from the southern corner of the site in a blunt crescent to the south west. The sandbank is a massive 15km long from east to west. This is an important foraging ground for many over wintering bird species. A large population (50,000+) of the species who visit the area feed on creatures that live in the submerged sandbanks.

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)


53° 51' 50" North,
3° 12' 45" West

Surface Area

105.75 km2
(40.83 mi.2 )


63.21 km
(39.27 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


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