Seven areas of seabed around the UK have been proposed for protection as Special Areas of Conservation

Seven areas of seabed around the UK have been proposed for protection as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). All the sites, designed to protect offshore species and habitats, are beyond the 12-mile territorial waters limit but fall within Britain’s continental shelf.

Sites under consideration include Stanton Banks off the Hebrides and the Haig Fras granite outcrop north west of the Scilly Isles. North Norfolk sandbanks & Saturn reef is the largest single area in the list which was prepared for the Government by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

Consultations are being undertaken by the JNCC until 14 March, with further details available on www.jncc.gov.uk/marineconsult