§ Angela Eagle
The European Union Habitats Directive was transposed into UK law through The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 and The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995. We have submitted 262 areas covering 1,526,817.62 hectares to the European Commission as part of our obligation to put forward a list of candidate Special Areas of Conservation. We have recently consulted on further areas and will be submitting additional sites in the coming weeks.