Farnes East

Site overview: The cliffs around the coast of the Farne Islands are home to a vast number of seabirds - 20 different species including guillemots, razorbill, shags, puffins, cormorants, fulmar, eider, oyster-catcher, black-headed gull, herring gull, greater black-headed gull, kittiwake, Arctic tern, common tern and sandwich tern. They feed on animals found in the protected area. Harbour porpoise, various dolphin species, and the gorgeous lion’s mane and moon jellyfish can be found here too. You can dive here and see numerous shipwrecks - and an inquisitive grey seal or two might join you on your adventure. Coastlines around the Farne Islands are home to one of the largest colonies of grey seals.

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


55° 41' 5" North,
1° 14' 25" West

Surface Area

945.46 km2
(365.04 mi.2 )


136.46 km
(84.79 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Moderate energy circalittoral rock (Broad-scale habitat)
  • Subtidal mud (Broad-scale habitat)
  • Subtidal sand (Broad-scale habitat)


  • Ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) (FOCI species)


  • Sea-pen and burrowing megafauna communities (FOCI habitat)
  • Subtidal coarse sediment (Broad-scale habitat)
  • Subtidal mixed sediments (Broad-scale habitat)


  • Ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) (Low or limited mobility species)