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Special Protection Areas

Under EC Directive (79/409/EEC) on the Conservation of Wild Birds, the UK is committed to taking the requisite measures to preserve, maintain or re-establish a sufficient diversity and area of habitats for all species of naturally occurring birds in the wild state.

Over and above this, the UK is committed to taking special measures for two groups of birds. These are certain vulnerable species listed in Annex 1 of the Directive and regularly occurring migratory species. Among the measures to be taken is the classification of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which is a requirement of Article 4 of the Directive.

SPAs form part of the Natura 2000 network.

Visit: Joint Nature Conservation Committee: Special Areas of Protection in Wales (external link)