East of Haig Fras

Site overview: This site is located approximately 67 km north west of Land’s End, in the Celtic Sea. The site has an area of around 400 km2 and is situated on a plateau on the UK continental shelf. This is a deep water site, which means that the amount of light reaching the seabed is limited, which results in only a small amount of plant life growing here. The seabed is mainly home to different animal communities. This unique seabed is characterised by canyons and strong tidal streams, which create a very specific sea-floor habitat. Worms, molluscs, sponges, starfish and anemones have all made this place home. Additionally, the site also supports numerous fish species such as scaldfish.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


50° 29' 59" North,
6° 39' 9" West

Surface Area

399.97 km2
(154.43 mi.2 )


80.00 km
(49.71 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Moderate energy circalittoral rock (Broad-scale habitat)
  • Subtidal coarse sediment and subtidal mixed sediments mosaic (Broad-scale habitat mosaic)
  • Subtidal mud (Broad-scale habitat)
  • Subtidal sand (Broad-scale habitat)