Decision

Special Areas of Conservation: Hamford Water, Tankerton Slopes and Swalecliffe

European ('Natura 2000') sites designated as Special Areas of Conservation for the habitat that supports the Fisher’s estuarine moth.

Documents

Hamford Water SAC site register, citation and map

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Tankerton Slopes and Swalecliffe SAC site register, citation and map

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Detail

The Hamford Water site and Tankerton Slopes and Swalecliffe site have now become fully designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). See further details in the first attachment on this page.

Background

The Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992) requires European Union member states to create a network of protected wildlife areas, known as Natura 2000 sites, across the EU. This network consists of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

Read more on Natura 2000 sites and how they’re designated.

The European Commission approved a list of candidate SACs (cSACs) submitted by the UK, following an assessment to make sure the Habitats Directive had been applied consistently across the EU. This results in the cSACs becoming Sites of Community Importance, which are sites that have been adopted by the EC before they’re formally designated as SACs by the UK government.