I found myself writing this today…
Natura 2000 sites comprise Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation designated under the Birds and Habitats Directives respectively. There are 275 SPAs in the UK … [and] … 658 SACs. These sites were designated by the UK government in line with the requirements of the two Directives for member states to establish and maintain protected areas for wildlife. They thus formed part of an EU-wide (now EU+UK-wide) network of 28,000 protected areas.
It brought me up short. I’ve never had to write like that before. All of my professional life we have been a part of the EU.
It made me sad.