Special Areas of Conservation

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are those which have been given greater protection under The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations 1995 (Northern Ireland) (as amended). They have been designated because of a possible threat to the special habitats or species which they contain and to provide increased protection to a variety of animals, plants, and habitats of importance to biodiversity both on a national and international scale. All of the SAC sites chosen under The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended) are collectively known as the UK national site network which is a network of protected areas across the EU, which forms part of a wider international Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest. The sites are chosen according to scientific criteria to ensure favourable conservation status of each habitat type and species. ‘Favourable conservation status’ means managing the site to ensure the special habitats and species are healthy.

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Creation Date October 4, 2016, 10:57 (UTC)
Topic Category
  • Environment
  • Transportation

In Northern Ireland early SAC external boundaries were mapped on hardcopy Ordnance Survey NI sheets and in 2001 GIS was adopted as a means of generating ASSI maps against digital Ordnance Survey NI basemaps. Note: Ordnance Survey NI is part of Land & Property Services.

Frequency of Update Irregular
Contact Name NIEA NED Evidence Team
Contact Email NIEA.GIS@daera-ni.gov.uk
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