Bae Caerfyrddin/ Carmarthen Bay

Site overview: This was the first fully marine Special Protected Area in the UK, and makes up part of the larger Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries European Marine Site. This area was designated for the common scoter seaduck. This is a nationally threatened species, with more than 50% of the non-breeding population calling fewer than ten sites, and Carmarthen Bay, home.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


51° 39' 29" North,
4° 28' 13" West

Surface Area

334.55 km2
(129.17 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Black (common) scoter (Melanitta nigra) (Regularly occurring migratory species)