Introduction to Designations

Protected site designations directory

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) collates information on protected sites in the UK and Overseas Territories designated under international Conventions and European Directives – principally Ramsar Sites, SACs and SPAs.  However, a range of other international and national nature conservation and landscape designations exist in the UK.

This directory covers the main designations which exist in the UK, split into those that confer some form of statutory protection, and other designations.  For each designation there is a short description outlining its purpose and the level of protection afforded to it, along with details of who is responsible for establishing the sites, and further sources of information.

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