ReMEDIES is working within the following five Special Areas of Conservation in southern England. Click on the map pins to find out more.

Essex Estuaries SAC

Essex Estuaries SAC

Isles of Scilly Complex SAC

Isles of Scilly Complex SAC

Plymouth Sound and Estuaries SAC

Plymouth Sound and Estuaries SAC

Fal and Helford SAC

Fal and Helford SAC

Solent Maritime SAC

Solent Maritime SAC

What is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC)?

Special Areas of Conservation are designated under the European Union’s Habitats Directive and are in place to protect special habitats and species. A well-managed SAC can have positive knock-on effects across the whole marine environment.

SACs also form part of the Natura 2000 network of EU protected sites.

Within five SAC project sites, ReMEDIES is focusing on four Annex 1 habitats. These are:

Sandbanks which are slightly covered by seawater all the time.

Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide.

Large shallow inlets and bays.

Estuaries.

Why these SACs?

These five SACs were selected for ReMEDIES because:

The SACs and Annex 1 habitats are all currently ‘unfavourable’ and failing due to the poor state of their seagrass/maerl beds.

There is a high concentration of mooring and anchoring areas across these five SACs, demonstrating an intensity of recreational activity.

The seagrass is particularly important. The Isles of Scilly, for instance, has the most extensive subtidal seagrass beds in England.

Secrets of the Seabed: What’s so Special about these Areas of Conservation?

Watch episode two of our Secrets of the Seabed webinar series from Ocean Conservation Trust.

‘What’s so Special about these Areas of Conservation?’ includes an overview of SACs from our Project Manager, Fiona Crouch, as well as guest experts Tim Ferrero from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and Gina Wright, Natural England lead advisor for the marine team in Essex.