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What's so special?  

The marine Special Area of Conservation is recognition that the rich marine life found around the Pembrokeshire coast and islands and within the Milford Haven Waterway is of European importance. But just what is so special?

The Pembrokeshire Marine SAC was selected as containing excellent European examples of the following 'conservation features'. Conservation, or interest, features are the habitats and species for which a site is designated. The Pembrokeshire Marine site is particularly diverse, with eight Habitats Directive Annex I habitat types and seven Annex II species; almost the longest list of any marine SAC in the UK.

These are:

Male cuckoo wrasse

NOTE: The boundary of the Pembrokeshire Marine SAC was determined to encompass the conservation features for which the site was selected; it is not a representation of the precise extent of any one feature. The features are distributed throughout the site; no one occupies the whole site and they overlap in places - see maps on the feature pages.


SIR BENFRO FOROL
ARDAL CADWRAETH ARBENNIG
PEMBROKESHIRE MARINE
SPECIAL AREA OF CONSERVATION