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Boundaries of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of Great Britain (including offshore areas) 2021

Freshwater Marine Terrestrial Protected Areas Natura 2000


This resource contains the spatial dataset of Special Protection Areas in Great Britain (including offshore areas), last updated in February 2021. The date of the latest update to the data is provided in the file name.

Prior to the UK’s exit from the European Union, copies of the UK’s spatial datasets for SPAs and SACs were submitted to the EU, and historically the dataset provided here was a copy of that dataset. Updated versions of the dataset were submitted to the EU in batches called tranches, following changes and updates to the site networks (e.g. designation of new sites or amendments to site boundaries); as well as in response to corrections to the datasets or amendments due to updates to the underlying base maps.

The final tranche submission (tranche 60) to the EU was in December 2020. However, a dataset may have a date that doesn’t correspond to the most recent tranche update if the data have not changed since a previous tranche update, or if there have been dynamic changes, such as boundary amendments in response to changes to the base maps, which have happened subsequent to a tranche update.

This dataset was last updated in February 2021, following the tranche 60 submission.

The spatial dataset for Northern Ireland is available as a separate resource.

More information on SPAs can be found on the SPAs webpage.

Resource type Dataset

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2021·02·19

The GIS boundary data have been collated at JNCC from data supplied by the following organisations: Natural England, NRW, NatureScot. The CNCBs may periodically update SAC boundaries in advance of JNCC’s updates, and these changes may therefore not be captured in the dataset. For the latest SAC boundary data, please visit the relevant CNCB website (

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement: “Contains public sector data from © JNCC/NE/NRW/NatureScot 2021. Contains OS data © Crown Copyright and database right 2016.” This dataset is registered with OS under the presumption to publish notification arrangement to enable free onward use under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Metadata date 2021·10·15

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

Temporal extent 1995·06·01 2021·02·19

Spatial extent
North 60.884612
South 49.813089
East 3.352676
West -9.320717
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