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Special Areas of Conservation (SACs): Changes to the UK network of SACs

Provided here is a summary of the changes to the network of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in the UK – either newly classified SACs or updates or amendments to existing SACs – up to the end of December 2020. Details of the most recent changes (from January 2021 onwards) are provided on the SAC webpage.

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), along with Special Protection Areas (SPAs), form the UK's national site network.

Prior to the UK's exit from the European Union (EU), at the end of December 2020, these sites formed part of the Natura 2000 network, and copies of the UK’s SPA and SAC network datasets were provided to the EU. Updated versions of the UK's SPA and SAC datasets were periodically submitted to the EU in batches called tranches, following changes and updates to the site network.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, JNCC continues to periodically update the datasets.  Details of the most recent changes (from January 2021 onwards) are provided on the SAC webpage.

Links are provided to the most recent version of the Standard Data Form for each site (not necessarily the version produced for a particular tranche if there have been subsequent updates or amendments) – previous versions are not retained online.

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

Updates from 2021 onwards

Details of the most recent changes (from January 2021 onwards) are provided on the SAC webpage.

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Updates in 2020

Tranche 60: 18 December 2020

Site code Site name Country Main reason(s) for inclusion in Tranche 60
UK0019759 Braehead Moss S Habitat 7120 (Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration) now considered as habitat 7110 (Active raised bogs) following restoration.
UK0019763 Dykeneuk Moss S Habitat 7120 (Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration) now considered as habitat 7110 (Active raised bogs) following restoration.
UK0019757 Black Loch Moss S Habitat 7120 (Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration) now considered as habitat 7110 (Active raised bogs) following restoration.
UK0019765 Waukenwae Moss S Habitat 7120 (Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration) now considered as habitat 7110 (Active raised bogs) following restoration.
UK0012570 Braunton Burrows E Site now considered a SAC with ‘marine components’ because of habitat 1140 (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide). Marine area % included.

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

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Updates in 2019

Tranche 59: 31 October 2019

Site code Site name Country Main reason(s) for inclusion in Tranche 59
UK0030381 Croker Carbonate Slabs O Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7); habitat area updated (field 3.1).

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

 

Tranche 58: 26 March 2019

Site code

Site name

Country

Main reason(s) for inclusion in Tranche 58

UK0030364

East Mingulay

S

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

UK0030393

Inner Hebrides and the Minches

S

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

UK0030396

Bristol Channel Approaches / Dynesfeydd Môr Hafren

EWO

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

UK0030398

North Anglesey Marine / Gogledd Môn Forol

WO

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

UK0030399

North Channel

NIO

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

UK0030395

Southern North Sea

EO

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

UK0030397

West Wales Marine / Gorllewin Cymru Forol

WO

Change in site status from SCI to SAC (field 1.7)

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

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Updates in 2018

Tranche 57: 17 September 2018

Site code Site name Country Main reason(s) for inclusion in Tranche 57*
UK0030383 Skerries and Causeway NI Area updated
UK0030384 The Maidens NI Area updated
UK0030154 Glen Beasdale S Compensation area added; marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0030231 Ardvar and Loch a' Mhuilinn Woodlands S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0012786 Durness S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0019793 Hascosay S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0030171 Inverpolly S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0030176 Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0030219 Mull Oakwoods S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0012594 Rum S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0012682 Taynish and Knapdale Woods S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0030287 Tayvallich Juniper and Coast S Marine area % added (due to marine components of site being used by Lutra lutra)
UK0030354 Scanner Pockmark O Extension
UK0030357 Braemar Pockmarks O Extension

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

* More information on the updates is available in the Explanatory Note for Tranche 57.

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Updates in 2017

Interim update (site status changes on 12 December 2017)

Six sites had a change of status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI). 

Site code Site name Country Updates
UK0030393 Inner Hebrides and the Minches S Change in site status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI) . Adopted as an SCI on 12 December 2017.
UK0030395 Southern North Sea EO Change in site status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI) . Adopted as an SCI on 12 December 2017.
UK0030396 Bristol Channel Approaches / Dynesfeydd Môr Hafren EW Change in site status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI) . Adopted as an SCI on 12 December 2017.
UK0030397 West Wales Marine / Gorllewin Cymru Forol WO Change in site status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI) . Adopted as an SCI on 12 December 2017.
UK0030398 North Anglesey Marine / Gogledd Môn Forol WO Change in site status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI) . Adopted as an SCI on 12 December 2017.
UK0030399 North Channel NIO Change in site status from candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to Site of Community Importance (SCI) . Adopted as an SCI on 12 December 2017.

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

 

Tranche 56: 14 November 2017

Thirty-three Special Areas of Conservation in total, which includes thirty-two sites with a change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, one extended site, two sites with various amendments and seven Welsh sites with amendments to raised bog habitat area coverage figures. These sites are located in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and UK offshore waters

Site Code Site Name Country Updates
UK0030075 Afon Eden - Cors Goch Trawsfynydd W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – increase in area figure, 7120 Degraded raised bog – new feature added.
UK0030074 Afonydd Cleddau/ Cleddau Rivers W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – increase in area figure, 7120 Degraded raised bog – decrease in area figure.
 
UK0030070 Cernydd Carmel W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – decrease in area figure, 7120 Degraded raised bog – new feature added
UK0014790  Cors Caron W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – decrease in area figure, 7120 Degraded raised bog – increase in area figure. 
UK0014791 Cors Fochno  W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – decrease in area figure, 7120 Degraded raised bog – increase in area figure. 
UK0014792 Rhos Goch W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – decrease in area figure, 7120 Degraded raised bog – new feature added, 7410 Transition mires and quaking bogs – decrease in area figure.
UK0014784   Usk Bat Sites / Safleoedd Ystlumod Wysg W Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Improved ‘raised bog’ habitat area coverage figures due to updated National Vegetation Classification data. 7110* Active raised bog – new feature added, 7120 Degraded raised bog – increase in area figure. 
UK0030365 Red Bay NI Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Change from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 27 September 2017.
UK0030383 Skerries & Causeway NI Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Change from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 27 September 2017.
UK0030384 The Maidens NI Revised site boundaries (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields. Change from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 27 September 2017.
UK0030215 Moorfoot Hills S Revised site boundary (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields submitted to the European Commission on 14 November 2017.
UK0019840 Endrick Water S Revised site boundary (due to a re-mapping exercise) and amendments to associated fields submitted to the European Commission on 14 November 2017.
UK0030381 Croker Carbonate Slabs O Site extension to SCI and amendments to associated fields submitted to the European Commission on 14 November 2017.
UK0030363 North-West Rockall Bank O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030355 Wyville-Thomson Ridge O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030385 Pobie Bank Reef SO Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030386 Solan Bank Reef SO Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030389 East Rockall Bank O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030387 Anton Dohrn Seamount O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030368 Bassurelle Sandbank O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030369 Haisborough, Hammond & Winterton EO Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030370 Inner Dowsing, Race Bank & North Ridge EO Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030358 North Norfolk Sandbanks & Saturn Reef O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030352 Dogger Bank O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030379 Pisces Reef Complex O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030380 Wight-Barfleur Reef O Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030375 Lands End and Cape Bank E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030374 Lizard Point E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030372 Lyme Bay and Torbay E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030371 Margate and Long Sands E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030376 Shell Flat and Lune Deep E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030373 Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.
UK0030382 Studland to Portland E Change of status from Site of Community Importance to Special Area of Conservation, designated on 29 September 2017.

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

 

Tranche 55: 30 June 2017

This tranche did not include any updates to the data JNCC holds on the UK's SAC site network.

 

Tranche 54: 30 January 2017

Five new candidate Special Area of Conservation site were submitted to the European Commission.

Site Code Site Name Country
UK0030395 Southern North Sea EO
UK0030396 Bristol Channel Approaches / Dynesfeydd Môr Hafren EWO
UK0030397 West Wales Marine / Gorllewin Cymru Forol WO
UK0030398 North Anglesey Marine / Gogledd Môn Forol WO
UK0030399 North Channel NIO

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

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Updates in 2016

Tranche 53: 24 October 2016

Site code Site name Fields Change
UK0030393 Inner Hebrides and the Minches S Field 1.7: Blanked out.
In Tranche 52, they were accidentally populated. The status of the site is cSAC while it is being considered by the Commission, so we have not reached the point where we can fill in these fields.
UKGIB0002 Southern Waters of Gibraltar G Field 3.2: Caretta caretta Population field changed from category D to A. The other three fields from site assessment have also been filled in
Further research has provided more information with regards to the density of the population of the species in site in relation to the populations present within national territory.

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

 

Tranche 52: 15 September 2016

A new candidate Special Area of Conservation site was submitted to the European Commission.

Site code Site Name Country
UK0030393 Inner Hebrides and Minches S

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

 

Tranche 51: 24 May 2016

Five English sites were designated as Special Areas of Conservation in February 2016.

Site code Site Name Country
UK0030366 Arun Valley E
UK0030362 Bolton Fell Moss E
UK0030377 Hamford Water E
UK0030367 Pevensey Levels E
UK0030378 Tankerton Slopes and Swalecliffe E

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

 

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Updates in 2015

Tranche 50: 17 December 2015

Five offshore sites were designated as Special Areas of Conservation on 17 December 2015.

Site code Site name Country/Authority
UK0030357 Braemar Pockmarks O
UK0030317 Darwin Mounds O
UK0030353 Haig Fras O
UK0030354 Scanner Pockmark O
UK0030359 Stanton Banks O

(E – England; G – Gibraltar; NI – Northern Ireland; O – Offshore; S –Scotland; W – Wales)

In addition, as part of the tranche 50 update, submitted on 22 December 2015 (minor corrections submitted on 28 January 2016), the UK made a complete resubmission of data for all Natura 2000 sites (SACs and SPAs).

The Tranche 50 update included a significant number of changes to the Standard Data Forms for all SACs in the UK.  As a result, revised Standard Data Forms were generated for all sites (SPAs and SACs).

The rationale for these changes is explained in the UK Approach document. Changes relating to sites in Gibraltar are provided in annex 2.

As part of the UK Tranche 50 submission to the EU, a "change log" was also submitted, covering the following types of amendment.

  • Changes to the whole site area boundaries.
  • Changes to the extents of Annex 1 habitats on SACs (mainly arising from changes to the whole site area boundaries).
  • Additional and deleted SPA/SAC interest features. 

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Earlier updates (prior to Tranche 50, December 2015)

Details of earlier updates are available through The National Archives.

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