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Boundaries of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of Great Britain (including offshore areas) 2022


This resource contains the spatial dataset of Special Protection Area boundaries in Great Britain (including offshore areas), last updated on 30 September 2022. The date of the latest update to the data is provided in the file name.

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

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) form the UK's National Site Network. JNCC maintains the UK National Site Network datasets (formerly UK Natura 2000 datasets) and periodically publishes updates of the datasets following changes to the site network, which might include:

  • designation/classification of new sites;
  • amendments to existing site boundaries;
  • corrections to the datasets or amendments due to updates to the underlying base maps.

Please note that the statutory nature conservation bodies responsible for the sites may update site boundary data in between JNCC's periodic updates. To access the latest national site network boundary data, please visit the relevant CNCB website.

More information on the UK's network of Special Protection Areas (SPAs), including information on the most recent updates to the network and details of previous updates (tranches), is available on the SPAs webpage.

Resource type Dataset

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2022·09·30

The GIS boundary data have been collated at JNCC from data supplied by the following organisations: Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot.

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 2022. Contains OS data © Crown Copyright and database right 2022.” 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 2022·10·20

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

Temporal extent 1995·06·01 2022·09·30

Spatial extent
North 60.884612
South 49.813089
East 3.352676
West -9.320717
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