Site Overview

The site is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) first designated in 2000.

The Berwickshire and North Northumberland coast is one of the most biologically diverse marine areas in Europe. It is designated for a range of intertidal and subtidal habitats and for its internationally significant populations of grey seals.

Grey Seal at the Farnes (Photo: Paula Lightfoot)


Download an infographic about this MPA here


Boundary Map and available GIS data

The boundary map for this site can be downloaded from  HERE

Boundary maps of all English marine protected areas can be downloaded  as Shapefiles at this link  This download includes the Scottish section of the Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast SAC

Additional spatial data

The following spatial datasets may also be relevant to this site:

Additional spatial information, including the location of marine priority habitats, can be viewed and downloaded at the MAGIC website

Download an infographic about this MPA HERE

Conservation Objectives

The conservation objectives for the sites are:

Ensure that the integrity of the site is maintained or restored as appropriate, and ensure that the site contributes to achieving the Favourable Conservation Status of its Qualifying Features, by maintaining or restoring:

  • The extent and distribution of qualifying natural habitats and habitats of qualifying species
  • The structure and function (including typical species) of qualifying natural habitats
  • The structure and function of the habitats of qualifying species
  • The supporting processes on which qualifying natural habitats and the habitats of qualifying species rely
  • The populations of qualifying species
  • The distribution of qualifying species within the site

Draft conservation advice has been published by Natural England and SNH and should be referred to.  This gives guidance on how to further the conservation objectives for the site, identifies the activities that are capable of affecting the qualifying features and the processes which the qualifying features are dependent upon.

The draft conservation advice can be viewed HERE

Natural England and SNH have also produced Supplementary Guidance on the Conservation Objectives for site which aim to describe the range of ecological attributes that are most likely to contribute to a site’s overall integrity.

Organisations with responsibility for MPA

Natural England
Marine Scotland
Marine Management Organisation
Environment Agency
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
River Tweed Commission
Northumberland County Council
Scottish Borders Council
North Tyneside Council
St Abbs Harbour Trust
Eyemouth Harbour Trust
Berwick Harbour Commission
North Sunderland Harbour Commission
Warkworth Harbour Commission
Blyth Harbour Commission
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Northern Lighthouse Board
Trinity House
Historic England
Northumbrian Water Ltd.
● Ministry of Defence
National Trust
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
National Trust for Scotland