Harbour Porpoise©Neil Golding

Special Areas of Conservation

New UK marine protected sites for harbour porpoise submitted to Europe

Five harbour porpoise SACs, proposed and consulted on in 2016, have been approved by relevant UK Governments and submitted to the European Commission.
Manx shearwater © Alex Brown

Public Consultation

Irish Sea Front pSPA

JNCC has launched a public consultation, running from Monday 23 January until 20 April 2017, on the Irish Sea Front marine potential Special Protection Area. The aim of this pSPA is to provide protection to an important foraging area of breeding Manx shearwaters.
A block of high relief MDAC colonised with soft corals (Alcyonium digitatum), hydroids including Nemertesia antennina and Tubularia indivisa © JNCC

Public consultation

Croker Carbonate Slabs cSAC/SCI

JNCC has launched a public consultation on a boundary amendment to the Croker Carbonate Slabs cSAC/SCI. New evidence gathered shows the Annex I habitat, for which the MPA was originally submitted, occurs outside of the existing boundary site.
Dogger Bank draft cSAC-SCI consultation

MPA Conservation Advice

Draft conservation advice for Dogger Bank cSAC/SCI

JNCC are inviting feedback on a new approach to providing Conservation Advice for offshore MPAs. Please share your comments by 31st January 2017.
Little gull copyright Mark Lewis

SPA Consultation

Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl marine potential Special Protection Area

A consultation on a marine potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) has been launched - the expansion of the existing Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl SPA. The proposal will extend the SPA towards the north and the west to incorporate areas which are important for little gulls during the winter months. The consultation will close 8 February 2017.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee

JNCC Review

Review Published

Over a six month period this year Defra and the Devolved Administrations conducted a review of JNCC to establish the most effective and efficient delivery model, across the UK, for the functions performed by JNCC now and in the future. This review has now been published.

UK National Contact Point  

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JNCC is the UK LIFE National Contact Point from January 2016


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JNCC is keen to participate collaboratively, as a project partner or a coordinator, in EU and other joint projects. Everything from simple partnerships to multidisciplinary projects or networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields related to the environment. more>>>

JNCC are very keen to hear from organisations that may have submitted an expression of interest to the recent call by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on the Joint UK- China Offshore Renewables Energy. This call is designed to develop the next generation of technologies for the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy. We believe that JNCC can contribute to such a call through the utilisation of our specialist skills in this area; despite the technological focus of the call there is a large element of offshore environmental protection or evaluation. We are keen to hear from interested parties.  The deadline for this call is the 2nd March 2017.


UK Biodiversity Framework

The framework is designed to show how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the ‘Aichi targets’ and the aims of the EU biodiversity strategy. Read the framework

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