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Action for Species

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The Peak District is home to 161 UKBAP species, that's 14% of priority species. This means protecting the special species of the Peak District and the habitats they rely on is hugely important. 

For many of our species, their conservation requires managing the habitats they live in; improving what we already have, and creating new areas that they can move into.

Some species require particular habitats or have adapted to require other species to complete their life cycle, for example the tormentil mining bee needs bare sand to burrow into, and tormentil, which is it's food plant. Other species need a combination of different habitats at different stages of their lives, such as twite which nest in bracken on the moorland edge, but feed in seed-rich hay meadows. Understanding these connections is key to taking the most appropriate action to help priority species.

Priority Species in the Peak District

These are the UKBAP and locally important species for which we are taking action.

# Not on the UKBAP list but important to the Peak District

Species

Why it's on the list

Action

Delivery

Mammals   
Bats (all species)European protected speciesProtection

Legislative protection (Wildlife and Countryside Act)

Planning consultation

Brown HareIconic species associated with grasslandsHabitat management 
Harvest MouseNERC Section 41 Species  
Mountain HareOnly population in EnglandHabitat managementDove Stone Partnership
OtterNERC Section 41 Species  
Water voleHistoric decline, threats remainMonitoring

Dove Stone Partnership

Eastern Moors Partnership

Birds   
Curlew

Significant recent decline

Red list

Habitat creation

Habitat management

Survey/ monitoring

Agri-environment schemes

Dove Stone Partnership

Eastern Moors Partnership/ RSPB Curlew Recovery Programme

South West Peak Landscape Partnership

Dipper SurveyDove Stone Partnership
Golden plover #

South Pennine Moors SPA designation

Amber list

Habitat improvement

Dove Stone Partnership

Eastern Moors Partnership

Moors for the Future

Grasshopper warblerRed listHabitat improvementEastern Moors Partnership
Hen harrier #Red list

Monitoring

Habitat management

Birds of Prey Initiative

Moorland management plans

Lapwing

Significant decline

Red list

Habitat creation

Habitat improvement/ management

Monitoring

Agri-environment schemes

Eastern Moors Partnership

South West Peak Landscape Partnership

Merlin #South Pennine Moors SPA designationMonitoringBirds of Prey Initiative
Peregrine MonitoringBirds of Prey Initiative
Red grouse

Climate change risk

Amber list

Habitat improvement

Dove Stone Partnership

Moors for the Future

Moorland management plans

Ring ouzel

Regional stronghold

Southern edge of range

Red list

Habitat management

Monitoring

Dove Stone Partnership

Eastern Moors Partnership

Moorland management plans

Short-eared owl #

South Pennine Moors SPA designation

Amber list

Monitoring

Habitat improvement

Birds of Prey Initiative

Dove Stone Partnership

Skylark

Associated with low intensity grassland

Red list

Habitat improvement

Habitat management

Agri-environment schemes
Snipe

Significant decline

Amber list

Habitat creation

Habitat improvement

Habitat management

Agri-environment schemes

South West Peak Landscape Partnership

Tree sparrow

Historic decline

Red list

  
Twite

Significant decline

Pennines stronghold

Red list

  
Yellow wagtail

Historic decline

Red list

 Agri-environment schemes
Woodland birds - Hawfinch, Lesser redpoll, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Marsh tit, Nightjar, Spotted flycatcher, Tree pipit, Willow tit, Wood warbler

National hotspot

Recent decline

National responsibility

Habitat creation

Survey

Clough Woodland Project

Eastern Moors Partnership

Woodland birds project

Insects   
Bilberry bumblebee #Specialist moorland species

Habitat management

Survey

Moors for the Future - Community Science Project
Dingy skipper butterflyRegional stronghold  
Iron blue mayflyIndicator of water quality  
Small blue butterflyNERC Section 41 species  
White-letter hairstreak butterflyImportant stronghold  
Fish   
Atlantic salmonNERC Section 41 species  
Brook lamprey #   
Brown trout   
Bullhead #  Water Framework Directive
European eel   
Reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans   
AdderRegional significanceMonitoringEastern Moors Partnership
Great crested newtWhite Peak national stronghold

Habitat management

Protection

Agri-environment schemes

Legislative protection

White-clawed crayfish

Globally endangered

Peak District Dales SAC designation

Protection

Habitat creation

South West Peak Landscape Partnership

Legislative protection

Plants, bryophytes and fungi   
Dark red helleborine #Threatened by collectorsMonitoringNatural England monitoring
Date-coloured waxcapAssociated with unimproved grassland  
Derbyshire feather-mossVulnerable, only known site globallyMonitoring

Natural England and Environment Agency monitoring

SSSI management

Field gentianNatural England local target speciesHabitat managementVolunteer action
Frog orchid   
GlobeflowerLocally decliningHabitat managementNational Nature Reserve management
Jacob's ladder #Local specialityHabitat managementNational Nature Reserve management
Lesser butterfly orchidThreatened by collectors  
Maiden pink #

Declining

Natural England national and local target species

MonitoringVolunteer monitoring

Action for Habitats

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