The Maidens

Site overview: This site is home to a colony of grey seals. The area should protect the reefs and sandbanks that are found here too.

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)


54° 56' 37" North,
5° 45' 8" West

Surface Area

74.62 km2
(28.81 mi.2 )


57.42 km
(35.68 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


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


  • Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)