Wight-Barfleur Reef

Site overview: This is an area of stony reef in the central English Channel, between St Catherine’s point on the Isle of Wight and Barfleur Point on the Cotentin Peninsula in northern France. The site is approximately 65km long (east to west) and up to 26km wide. The area is home to a huge range of smaller sea creatures such as tube worms , sea squirts, sponges and anemones.

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° 16' 40" North,
1° 28' 25" West

Surface Area

1,374.25 km2
(530.60 mi.2 )


163.32 km
(101.48 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)