Special Protection Areas

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites classified in accordance with Article 4 of the EC Birds Directive, which came into force in April 1979. In Northern Ireland SPAs are protected by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995. They are classified for rare and vulnerable birds (as listed on Annex I of the Directive), and for regularly occurring migratory species. The European Commission's website hosts a full copy of the EC Directive on the conservation of wild birds (79/409/EEC), within which all the Articles and Annexes (including amendments) are given, along with useful interpretation information.

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Creation Date October 4, 2016, 11:01 (UTC)
Topic Category Environment

In Northern Ireland early SPA external boundaries were mapped on hardcopy Ordnance Survey NI sheets and in 1999 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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