Wight-Barfleur Reef SAC

Status: Designated


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. 

MPA Type

Special Area of Conservation

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).

Designation date

1 August 2012

Surface Area

1,374.14 km2 (530.56 mi.2)


162.29 km (100.84 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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