An anemone on the surface of a flame shell bed. Loch Creran. Graham Saunders © Marine Scotland. All rights reserved. Please contact CMEU for details -

Loch Creran NCMPA

Designated to safeguard beds of flame shells, Loch Creran Nature Conservation MPA complements an existing Special Area of Conservation.

Loch Creran’s inclusion in Scotland’s MPA network will ensure that it remains one of our most fascinating sea lochs.

The loch is home to an exceptional range of habitats including flame shell beds, constructed by a small bivalve with vibrant orange and red tentacles.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Loch Creran NCMPA

Protected features

Biodiversity: flame shell beds

Geodiversity: Quaternary of Scotland

Find out more

Loch Creran Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

Loch Creran Marine Protected Area: Site summary - Home to rare and wonderful biogenic reefs

Loch Creran MPA boundary map

Loch Creran MPA: Data confidence assessment

Loch Creran MPA: Assessment against the MPA Selection Guidelines

Loch Creran MPA: Management options


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