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

Freshwater Marine Terrestrial Protected Areas Natura 2000


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.

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 November 2017, through the tranche 56 submission to the EU. Amendments to the site details of SPAs in Northern Ireland through subsequent tranche updates (in particular tranche 57) do not affect this spatial dataset.

The spatial dataset for Great Britain 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 2017·11·14

The GIS boundary data have been collated at JNCC from data supplied DAERA. 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/DOENI 2016. 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 2021·03·17

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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