UK SAC/SCI sites summary

Special Areas of Conservation/Sites of Community Importance in the UK as at 14 November 2017

 

There are a total 658 designated SACs, SCIs or cSACs in the United Kingdom (excluding Gibraltar).
 
 
  Special Area of
Conservation (SAC)1
Sites of Community
Importance (SCI)2
Candidate SACs
(cSACs)3
All submitted SAC
(SAC,SCI and cSAC)
 
Country No. No. No. No. Area ha
England 242 0 0 242 1,068,455
England/Scotland 3 0 0 3 112,770
England/Wales 7 0 0 7 95,181
England Offshore 2 0 1 3 3,632,730
England Offshore/Wales Offshore 0 0 1 1 584,995
Northern Ireland 57 0 0 57 85,866
Northern Ireland Offshore 0 0 1 1 160,367
Scotland 236 2 1 239 2,251,522
Scotland Offshore 2 0 0 2 182,232
Wales 85 0 0 85 590,909
Wales Offshore     2 2 1,062,564
UK Offshore Waters 14 1 1 16 4,711,637
UK TOTAL 648 3 7 658 14,539,228
Gibraltar 2       5,687
 
 
 
(Site area figures have been calculated using GIS and rounded to the nearest whole hectare. Please note that site area figures for each country relate to both the terrestrial and inshore domain).
 

Explanation of site status:

  1. Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are sites that have been adopted by the European Commission and formally designated by the government of each country in whose territory the site lies.
  2. Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) are sites that have been adopted by the European Commission but not yet formally designated by the government of each country.
  3. Candidate SACs (cSACs) are sites that have been submitted to the European Commission, but not yet formally adopted.
 
Where an extension to a designated SAC or SCI is pending, different parts of the site can have different statuses - so, for example part of the site may be SAC, and the remainder cSAC. In this case the site would only appear once in the table, with the whole site shown as SAC.

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