Solan Bank Reef SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is 50km from the Scottish mainland, north of Cape Wrath. The reef, after which the site is named, is located on the Solan Bank High, a geological feature of rock 130km long and 25km wide.  Cup corals are present throughout the site, and brittlestars are common on both the bedrock and stony reef. 

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

856.32 km2 (330.63 mi.2)

Perimeter

121.46 km (75.47 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?…

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

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