Species Action Plans

Priority species

Current status


1250 species have been identified in the UK BAP as Priority Species or Species of Conservation Concern. However, subsequent research and population declines has resulted in many other species being recognised as being of national conservation importance in such publications as the ‘Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern'.


The Yorkshire and Humber Biodiversity Forum published a draft list of species of regional importance in 2003.


The Calderdale Species Audit was published in November 2003. This document identifies 244 species of conservation importance, known as ‘Calderdale Priority Species’.

Current factors causing loss or decline

Populations of Priority Species have declined due to a vast range of factors.

Current action

Legal status

Several of the Priority Species are protected by legislation such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).


1. Policy and LegislationLead PartnerOther partners
Ensure the needs of key species are taken into account when developing and adjusting agri-environment schemesDEFRA / RDSCMBC (CAFU), EN, FWAG, RSPB
Ensure that UDP policies are in place to protect Priority SpeciesCMBC (DP)CMBC (CAFU)
Consider the impact on Priority Species when assessing planning applicationsCMBC (DC)CMBC (CAFU)
Take opportunities through the planning system to restore or create habitats for Priority Species. Explore possibilities of long term management agreementsCMBC (DC)CMBC (CAFU)
Enforce legislation as appropriateCMBC (DC)CMBC (CAFU), EN, WYP
Consider designation as SEGI / SSSI of key sites for Calderdale Priority SpeciesEN / WYECMBC (CAFU), CMBC (DP)
2. Site safeguard and managementLead PartnerOther partners
Ensure that all management plans take account of Priority SpeciesEN / WYECMBC (CAFU), UU, YW, YWT
Identify and implement opportunities to enhance or create habitat for the benefit of Priority SpeciesFWAGDEFRA, EA, EN, WYE, CMBC (CAFU), UU, YW
3. Species management and protectionLead PartnerOther partners
4. Research and monitoringLead PartnerOther partners
Concentrate species recording efforts on Priority SpeciesWYECMBC (CAFU), EN, HBC, RSPB
Prioritise species list to enable conservation effort to be focussed on those species of greatest conservation importanceCMBC (CAFU)BAP partners
Maintain up to date records of Priority SpeciesWYECMBC (CAFU), EN, HBC, WYE
Determine the conservation requirements of the lesser-known Priority SpeciesWYECMBC (CAFU), EN, HBC, RSPB
Issue amendments to the Species Audit annually and fully review in 2010CMBC (CAFU)HBC, HSS, RSPB, TNHS, UCWN
Encourage universities to conduct research into Priority SpeciesCMBC (CAFU)Academic institutions
Highlight the status of Priority Species in reportsHBC / HSS-
5. AdvisoryLead PartnerOther partners
Produce and distribute guidance notes outlining the conservation requirements of Priority SpeciesEN / WYEFWAG, CMBC (CAFU), UU, YW
6. RegionalLead PartnerOther partners
7. Communication and publicityLead PartnerOther partners
Raise awareness of the importance of Priority SpeciesCMBC (CAFU)All BAP partners

Key to abbreviations
ATCAlternative Technology Centre
BAPBiodiversity Action Plan
BWBritish Waterways
CFCalder Future
CLACounty Landowners and Business Association
CMBC (CAFU)Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (Countryside and Forestry Unit)
CMBC (DC)Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (Development Control)
CMBC (DP)Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (Development and Policy)
DEFRADepartment of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
EAEnvironment Agency
ENEnglish Nature
FWAGFarming and Wildlife Advisory Group
HBCHalifax Birdwatchers Club
RDSRural Development Service
RSPBRoyal Society for the Protection of Birds
TNHSTodmorden Natural History Society
UCWNUpper Calderdale Wildlife Network
UUUnited Utilities
WYEWest Yorkshire Ecology
WYPWest Yorkshire Police
YWYorkshire Water
YWTYorkshire Wildlife Trust

Plan Co-ordinator: Hugh Firman, Countryside and Forestry Unit, Calderdale Council

Last Updated: 30/09/2016