SACs are areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety of European habitats and species (other than birds) listed in Annexes I and II to the Directive. SPAs are areas designated under the Birds Directive as the most important habitats for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union. Both SACs and SPAs can extend into territorial waters. At July 2013 there were 85 Special Areas of Conservation wholly in Wales (covering 590,864 ha). Of these, 5 are located within Snowdonia totalling 56,665.5ha.
SAC within Snowdonia National Park