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Special Protection Areas (SPAs) with marine components (all UK waters) 2019

Marine Protected Areas offshore polygon Natura 2000


This resource contains boundary, site and feature information for Special Protection Areas (SPAs) with marine components in UK waters. The files were last updated in November 2019.

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) with "marine components" protect bird species that are dependent on the marine environment for all or part of their lifecycle, where these species are found in association with intertidal or subtidal habitats within the site. More information on SPAs with marine components can be found on our website at: SPAs with marine components are a subset of the UK's full suite of SPAs - data for all UK SPAs can be download from our website at:

JNCC collate boundary and attribute data on Special Protection Areas (SPAs) on behalf of the Country Nature Conservation Bodies (CNCBs) to create a dataset of inshore and offshore sites across the UK. Please note, the CNCBs periodically update SPA boundaries (e.g. when natural features of the coastline shift position) and these subtle changes may not be captured in JNCC’s datasets. For the latest inshore SPA boundaries, please visit the relevant CNCB website (

A shapefile and spreadsheet are available for download. The shapefile contains site boundaries and associated site attribute information, including: site code, site name, site status, country and CP2 region. The spreadsheet provides the same site attribute data as well as information on the sites' protected features (including species name and population type).

For further information please see the shapefile metadata and spreadsheet read-me (within the files).

Resource type Dataset

Topic category Boundaries

Reference date 2019·11·05

Recent updates: Version - 20191105 (spreadsheet only):Feature attribute changes for Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet SPA, Cromarty Firth SPA, Inner Moray Firth SPA, Moray and Nairn Coast SPA and Montrose Basin SPA. Version - 20190828 (spreadsheet only): corrected scientific name for the Dunlin feature in Sleibhtean agus Cladach Thiriodh (Tiree Wetlands and Coast) SPA to Calidris alpina schinzii Version - 20181212 (shapefile only): Corrected site boundary for Flamborough and Filey Coast SPA. Full details are included in the metadata (shapefile) or version control table (spreadsheet).

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Re-use of the data is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 including attribution of the relevent copyright holders. If you re-use this information you must acknowledge the source in your product or application by including or linking to the following attribution statement: Contains Joint Nature Conservation Committee data © copyright and database right [2019]. Contains Natural England data © copyright and database right [2019]. Contains Scottish Natural Heritage data © copyright and database right [2019]. Contains Natural Resource Wales data © copyright and database right [2019]. Contains Northern Ireland Environment Agency data © copyright and database right [2019]. Contains UK Hydrographic Office data © copyright and database right [2019]. Contains Ordnance Survey data © copyright and database right [2019].

Metadata date 2019·11·05

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

Temporal extent 2015·03·24 2019·11·05

Spatial extent
North 60.879088
South 50.078612
East 2.303333
West -8.717393
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