Special Protection Area
Each SPA has an EU code – for example the North Norfolk Coast SPA has the code UK9009031.
SPAs in the United Kingdom
As at 21 September 2006, there were 252 classified SPAs and 12 proposed SPAs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994 implement the terms of the Directive in Scotland, England and Wales. In Great Britain, SPAs (and SACs) designated on land or in the intertidal area are normally also notified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), and in Northern Ireland as Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs). For example, the Broadland SPA in eastern England is a conglomeration of some 28 SSSIs. SPAs may extend below low tide into the sea, and for these areas SSSI notification is not possible. In Scotland, some SPAs have been classified without any underpinning designation by SSSI.[clarification needed]
SPAs in Poland
SPAs in Portugal
The Castro Verde SPA extends into six municipalities of Baixo Alentejo Subregion: Aljustrel Municipality, Almodôvar Municipality, Beja Municipality, Castro Verde Municipality, Mértola Municipality and Ourique Municipality, a total area of 79,007 hectares (790 km 2).
SPAs in Spain
The Spanish term is ZEPA. There were 567 Spanish sites as at 2009.
- Area of Special Protection (UK designation unrelated to Special Protection Area)
- Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats
- Ramsar Convention
- Protected areas of the United Kingdom
- UK sites recognised for their biodiversity conservation importance
- Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance
- List of Special Protection Areas in the United Kingdom
- List of conservation topics