UK SPA & Ramsar (Avian) Scientific Working Group
The SPA & Ramsar (Avian) Scientific Working Group (SPAR SWG) was established by Defra in November 2001 to provide scientific advice on matters relating to the UK Special Protection Area network. Matters relating to avian elements of the Ramsar network were added to the Group's remit in January 2004.
The SPAR SWG comprises representatives from government, the statutory country conservation agencies and non-government organisations from the conservation, land use and marine sectors.
The working practice of the Group is set out in its revised (2017) Terms of Reference, which also include an overview of the issues identified for consideration. It normally meets three times per year and is supported by a Secretariat provided by JNCC. The Secretariat organises meetings, produces minutes and Annual Reports, and maintains the membership list.
Annual Reports and papers and minutes from meetings are available here.