Solan Bank Reef
|SAC EU Code||UK0030386|
|Status||Designated Special Area of Conservation|
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
General Site Character
Marine areas, Sea inlets (100%)
Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF, < 100kb)
When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.
Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site
Solan Bank presents highly topographic bedrock and smooth, undulating bedrock reef outcrops and stony reef (comprising boulders and cobbles) in a range of depth zonations from the infralittoral to deep circalittoral and within a range of energy levels with a resulting broad range of ecological communities and faunal diversity. The reefs support encrusting bryozoans, encrusting coralline algae, caryophyllid cup corals and ophiuroids. Highly sediment-scoured bedrock is mainly colonised by the keel worm Pomatoceros triqueter. Less-scoured bedrock support a range of sponges, bryozoans and hydroids. In shallower areas with increased water movement there is an increasing abundance of the soft coral, Alcyonium digitatum, the cup coral, Caryophyllia smithii and the jewel anemone, Corynactis viridis, with red algae and kelp in the shallowest areas.
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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