Special Protection Areas

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are designated under the European Commission Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds. All European Community member States are required to identify internationally important areas for breeding, over-wintering and migrating birds and designate them as Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

Images for Special Protected Areas You can find details on specific Special Protected Areas (SPA’s) with associated guidance, literature and maps at the following link:

For further information you can visit the website for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). The JNCC is a public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. The purpose of the JNCC is to maintain and enrich biodiversity and conserve geological features. It also sustains the natural systems that provide the core services we all depend on like food, fresh water and clean air.

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