Know your SACs from your SPAs: Explaining Natura 2000

by Patrick Barrett The Natura 2000 sites encompass 18% of the EU’s land cover and 6% of its marine territory, making it the ‘largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world’[1]. Its sole purpose is the protection of our prized habitats and the animals who inhabit them. The animals and habitats they strive to protect are those most vulnerable, who, without protective interference would most likely become extinct. The sites are designated from areas where habitats and bird species,...

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