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Presents extensive details of the UK's Special Protection Area network, which currently comprises 243 SPAs and protects 103 species. Arising from the EU's 'Birds Directive' of 1979, which established an internationally coordinated network of protected areas, especially wetlands, the system distils best available information on species' conservation requirements. The UK's geographic position makes it exceptionally important for breeding seabirds and as a wintering area for waterbirds. The UK uplands also have a unique bird community.
Publisher: Joint Nature Conservation Committee
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