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South Arran Marine Protected Area

Welcome to the South Arran Nature Conservation MPA  PDF document . Designated for its diversity of animals and plants including maerl beds, kelp and seaweed communities and possibly the largest seagrass bed in the Clyde, this MPA protects some of Scotland's most important and productive seabed habitats. Covering over 250 km2 and encompassing the current Lamlash Bay No Take Zone, the South Arran MPA will provide long term support for our seas.

Conservation Objectives

The aim is to recover the maerl beds and to conserve the protected features of the South Arran MPA. Further information on the conservation objectives is available within the Designation Order.

Protected Features

Burrowed mud; kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediments; maerl beds; maerl or coarse shell gravel with burrowing sea cucumbers; ocean quahog aggregations; seagrass beds; shallow tide-swept coarse sands with burrowing bivalves.

Square crab. Copyright Paul Naylor

Photo: Square crab. ©Paul Naylor/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458541 or

More Information

For more information about Scotland's MPA network please see our main MPA webpage. If you have any queries relating to this MPA or others in territorial waters (out to 12 nautical miles), please contact Scottish Natural Heritage at