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Boundaries of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) of Great Britain (excludes offshore areas) 2019


This resource contains the spatial dataset of Special Areas of Conservation in Great Britain (excluding offshore areas), last updated in April 2019. The date of the latest update to the data is shown in the file name.

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

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

This dataset was last updated in April 2019. More recent changes to the UK National Site Network (last updated in September 2022) have not resulted in a update to the dataset. Further information on updates to the SAC network, including details of previous updates, can be found on the SACs webpage.

Please note that the statutory nature conservation body 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.

Resource type Dataset

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·04·03

The GIS boundary data have been collated at JNCC from data supplied by the following organisations: Natural England, NRW, 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 2019. Contains OS data © Crown Copyright and database right 2019.” 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 2019·04·03

Spatial extent
North 60.775891
South 49.79266
East 2.689446
West -9.297453
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