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Boundaries of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of Northern Ireland 2017


This resource contains the spatial dataset of Special Protection Areas in Northern Ireland, last updated in November 2017. The date of the latest update to the data is provided in the file name.

The spatial dataset for SPAs of Great Britain 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 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 November 2017. 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 SPA network, including details of previous updates, can be found on the SPAs 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 2017·11·14

The GIS boundary data have been collated at JNCC from data supplied by DAERA.

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/DAERA 2017. Contains OS data © Crown Copyright and database right 2017.” 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 1991·12·01 2017·11·14

Spatial extent
North 55.33284
South 54.002256
East -5.346576
West -8.041556
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