New additions to Natura 2000


JNCC, on behalf of the UK Government, has submitted eight new sites to the European Union as part the Natura 2000 Golden Eagle © Niall Benvie/Naturepl.comnetwork. In recent years most of the new submissions have been for marine sites, but this submission, made in February 2011, involves sites in the terrestrial and freshwater domains.


Six of these areas are for Golden Eagle in Scotland. The submission follows the classification of these sites as Special Protection Areas (SPAs) by Scottish Ministers in October 2010. The “golden eagle” sites have considerably increased the total area of SPA in the UK.


Details of these individual sites (along with minor changes to other SPAs) are available here.


In addition to these SPA changes, JNCC has also submitted two new candidate Special Areas for Conservation hosting the lesser whirlpool ram’s-horn snail Anisus vorticulus  - the Arun Valley and Pevensey Levels. In addition this freshwater snail has been added to the list of qualifying species on the Broads SAC. The submission of these sites follows a consultation exercise undertaken by Natural England.


Details of these latest changes to the SAC network are available here. Note that this submission also includes sites where calcareous grassland habitat features have needed to be re-coded.


The JNCC website has now been updated to take these changes into account.

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