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Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)

What are SACs?

In 1992, a European Commission directive established a series of high quality SACs across Europe that would make a significant contribution to conserving habitats and species.

This European wide network of sites is designed to promote the conservation of habitats, wild animals and plants, both on land and sea.  

The directive lists the internationally important habitats and species that occur throughout the countries in the European Union. The UK is home to 51 out of the 623 species listed in the directive.

When selecting possible SACs in the UK, the Government took advice from the statutory nature conservation agencies:

Special Areas of Conservation in Dorset

There are currently 14 SACs in Dorset. For more information on SAC, visit the JNCC website.

Dorset County Council manages the following sites that are SACs:

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