Species Action Plans
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.
- Halifax Birdwatchers Club and Halifax Scientific Society publish annual reports listing species records.
Several of the Priority Species are protected by legislation such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
- To establish sustainable populations of all Calderdale Priority Species.
|1. Policy and Legislation||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|Ensure the needs of key species are taken into account when developing and adjusting agri-environment schemes||DEFRA / RDS||CMBC (CAFU), EN, FWAG, RSPB|
|Ensure that UDP policies are in place to protect Priority Species||CMBC (DP)||CMBC (CAFU)|
|Consider the impact on Priority Species when assessing planning applications||CMBC (DC)||CMBC (CAFU)|
|Take opportunities through the planning system to restore or create habitats for Priority Species. Explore possibilities of long term management agreements||CMBC (DC)||CMBC (CAFU)|
|Enforce legislation as appropriate||CMBC (DC)||CMBC (CAFU), EN, WYP|
|Consider designation as SEGI / SSSI of key sites for Calderdale Priority Species||EN / WYE||CMBC (CAFU), CMBC (DP)|
|2. Site safeguard and management||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|Ensure that all management plans take account of Priority Species||EN / WYE||CMBC (CAFU), UU, YW, YWT|
|Identify and implement opportunities to enhance or create habitat for the benefit of Priority Species||FWAG||DEFRA, EA, EN, WYE, CMBC (CAFU), UU, YW|
|3. Species management and protection||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|4. Research and monitoring||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|Concentrate species recording efforts on Priority Species||WYE||CMBC (CAFU), EN, HBC, RSPB|
|Prioritise species list to enable conservation effort to be focussed on those species of greatest conservation importance||CMBC (CAFU)||BAP partners|
|Maintain up to date records of Priority Species||WYE||CMBC (CAFU), EN, HBC, WYE|
|Determine the conservation requirements of the lesser-known Priority Species||WYE||CMBC (CAFU), EN, HBC, RSPB|
|Issue amendments to the Species Audit annually and fully review in 2010||CMBC (CAFU)||HBC, HSS, RSPB, TNHS, UCWN|
|Encourage universities to conduct research into Priority Species||CMBC (CAFU)||Academic institutions|
|Highlight the status of Priority Species in reports||HBC / HSS||-|
|5. Advisory||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|Produce and distribute guidance notes outlining the conservation requirements of Priority Species||EN / WYE||FWAG, CMBC (CAFU), UU, YW|
|6. Regional||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|7. Communication and publicity||Lead Partner||Other partners|
|Raise awareness of the importance of Priority Species||CMBC (CAFU)||All BAP partners|
|Key to abbreviations|
|ATC||Alternative Technology Centre|
|BAP||Biodiversity Action Plan|
|CLA||County 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)|
|DEFRA||Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
|FWAG||Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group|
|HBC||Halifax Birdwatchers Club|
|RDS||Rural Development Service|
|RSPB||Royal Society for the Protection of Birds|
|TNHS||Todmorden Natural History Society|
|UCWN||Upper Calderdale Wildlife Network|
|WYE||West Yorkshire Ecology|
|WYP||West Yorkshire Police|
|YWT||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust|
Plan Co-ordinator: Hugh Firman, Countryside and Forestry Unit, Calderdale Council