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.
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.