UK marine SAC network for Annex I habitats


Since 2000, JNCC has been working, with the nature conservation bodies, to recommend additional Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) for selected habitats listed on Annex I of the Habitats Directive: reefs, sandbanks and submarine structures made by leaking gases. Over the past five years substantial new submissions of marine SACs have been made to the European Commission. The total area of the new marine sites submitted is around two and a half times the size of Wales. Sites in offshore waters include Europe’s largest sandbank, Dogger Bank SAC, and the largest Marine Protected Area in Europe, Hatton Bank SAC off north-west Scotland, which has been identified for its deep sea cold water coral reefs.


Earlier this year a report was prepared to take stock of these new sites. The report outlines the progress that has been made by the UK in recent years towards completion of the marine SAC network and concludes that the SAC network for Annex I habitats is now substantially complete.


More information can be found in the report.



Contact File


Amy Ridgeway

Senior MPA Adviser

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866841


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