Summary data for UK SACs, SCIs and cSACs
Spreadsheet of UK SAC information as contained within the
Natura 2000 standard data forms submitted to the European
Summary data for all designated and candidate SACs in
the UK is included in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, which
enables users of Excel to carry out a number of analyses of the SAC
list. By using Excel's AutoFilter
(Data > Filter >
),it is possible, for example, to list all
SACs supporting any Habitats Directive marine features, or, by
using the Custom AutoFilter function, to carry out multiple queries
such as identifying all SACs in Scotland that support both otter
and salmon at global grade A or B. The columns can also be sorted
in a variety of ways
(Data > Sort
for example alphabetically by SAC name, by
feature name, or by SAC area.
An explanatory note is provided for most columns - to
read this, hover your mouse cursor over the column heading.Further
information about Microsoft Excel is available from
The spreadsheet has been compressed into a ZIP archive to reduce
download size - you will need compression software such WInZip or
StuffIt to expand the file.
Current version is 30 January 2017,
version 24 October
Please note that from the January 2016 release onwards, SAC
and SPA information has been combined together into a single
spreadsheet. Some of the tabs are however specific to SACs – this
is indicated by the title of the tab. Where a tab contains both SAC
and SPA data there is always a column for designation type.
The spreadsheet contains a number of tabs/worksheets:
- SAC site details contains summary
information about the SACs themselves, including their size,
location and date of designation. This tab contains descriptions of
the quality/importance of the site and physical
- Admin regions contains
details of the administrative regions for each site using the NUTS
Level 2 categories.
- SAC interest
features contains a full listing of all Habitats
Directive features occurring on SACs in the UK. This includes
non-qualifying ('D-grade') features that are not a reason for SAC
selection at a particular site. Note that a feature may not occur
on all parts of a site, especially in the case of large SACs.
- Maps offers a simple
mapping facility. If a particular feature or site is selected in
the above worksheets using the Autofilter function, a dot map will
be displayed showing the location of the site(s).
classes indicates the percentage of each SAC/SPA
comprised of certain broad habitat types. These are intended to
give a general impression of the character of the SAC. They should
not be confused with the Annex I habitats, which are listed in
the SAC interest feature worksheet.
- Threats and pressures lists
the positive and negative factors that impact on the site. These
data were collated for the first time in the UK as part of the
December 2015 submission to the EU.
- Management Body – indicates
the appropriate Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies
- Management plan – indicates
whether or not a management plan exists for the site.
- Designation type – this
refers to a very limited range of National Designations,
specifically SSSI, (ASSI in Northern Ireland), Marine Nature
Reserves and National Nature Reserves.
In some cases JNCC has been able to convert
codes such as Habitat codes into meaningful text - whereas others
the codes are retained so as to not take up too much space in the
The official guidance (and explanation of
codes) for the SDFs is available on
European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity website. (follow
the link at the top of the page to the Standard Data form reference
The spreadsheet is updated after any new SAC
information is submitted to the EC, so if you have previously saved
it to your own disk, please check that you are still using the