Pobie Bank Reef SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

This is a stony reef that provides a home to lots of sponges and bryozoans, which are found throughout the site. In the shallowest areas, the bedrock and boulders support encrusting algae, and cup sponges In the deepest areas, below 100m.  The bedrock is home to sponges, cup corals and brittlestars.

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 October 2012

Surface Area

965.99 km2 (372.97 mi.2)


190.87 km (118.60 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.

Did you know?…

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed