Report 247
The Habitats Directive Atlantic Biogeographical Region
(1995)
Hopkins, J.J. and Buck, A.L.
Report of the Biogeographical Region Workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland, 13-14 October 1994
The five Biogeographical Regions are a key concept in the EC Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora). Sites for the protection of habitats listed at Annex I and species listed at Annex II of the Directive, will be selected as Special Areas of Conservation in the context of their Biogeographical Region.

Introduction

 
The five Biogeographical Regions are a key concept in the EC Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora). Sites for the protection of habitats listed at Annex I and species listed at Annex II of the Directive, will be selected as Special Areas of Conservation in the context of their Biogeographical Region.
 
In October 1994 a meeting of scientific representatives from Member States with territory in the Atlantic Biogeographical Region was held, to discuss matters of common concern and to clarify the conservation requirements of in that region. Central to this was the collation of data regarding the presence of the Annex I habitats and Annex II species. This information can be used to characterise the Atlantic Biogeographical Region and will enable the final selection of SACs. This report draws some tentative conclusions from that data and presents synopses of some of the discussions at the meeting.
 
JNCC Report No. 247: The Habitats Directive Atlantic Biogeographical Region was published in July 1995.
 
The report is being republished in its present form to help provide contextual information to the selection of special areas of conservation in the UK, with only minimal changes to the text to enable the report to be made available in electronic format. Consequently, the codes and names for habitat types, and species names, used in the present report are those used in the original Directive, not those later adopted by Council Directive 97/62/EC Adapting to technical and scientific progress Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
 
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Hopkins, J.J. and Buck, A.L., (1995), The Habitats Directive Atlantic Biogeographical Region, Report of the Biogeographical Region Workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland, 13-14 October 1994, JNCC Report 247, ISSN 0963 8091