Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)


Special Areas of Conservation are areas that have special protection under the EU's Habitat Directive.

These are areas that contain habitat types and/or species, which are rare or threatened within a European context.

There are currently 2 designated SACs in Birmingham and the Black Country, covering a total of 21 hectares.




The Fens Pools are part of the Buckpool/Fens Pool Green Wedge, forming a "green lung" in heart of the intensively developed Black Country.


Fens Pools Fens Pools — The Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) population is one of the largest so far recorded in Britain.







A great diversity of habitat types is present here, including many valuable marshes and wetlands and the largest area of open water in the borough, attracting and supporting a wealth of wildlife that is unparalleled in the Dudley district.


Fens Pools is the best amphibian site known in the West Midlands. Amphibians
inhabit the whole site, using the pools for breeding.


Source: Natural England




The Cannock Extension is a terminal side branch of the Wyrley and Essington Canal extending northwards for 2.5 km towards Norton Canes.

A total of thirty four aquatic plants have been recorded from the canal, making it the richest known waterway of its type in Staffordshire and the West Midlands, and placing it high within the national canal network series.

It is considered to be one of the best areas in the UK for Floating Water Plantain (Luronium natans).

Source: Natural England