Calderdale’s Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) identifies the habitats and species of greatest conservation concern in Calderdale, together with targets for their recovery and actions to deliver the targets. Although we have good information about habitats, there is a lack of knowledge about which species are of local conservation concern. In part this is due to a lack of data while in other cases information is available but has not been collated.
The aim of this report is to identify those species in Calderdale, which are of greatest conservation concern. These species will be known as ‘Calderdale Priority Species’ and it is intended that they will be the subjects of targeted conservation action. Action for Priority Species will be highlighted in the BAP and they are also protected by policies in the Replacement Unitary Development Plan for Calderdale.
It should be recognised that this report is based on information that was made available during its collation. As further information comes to light species will be added to and removed from the lists. All species identified as Priority Species are of conservation concern in Calderdale. They will be treated the same whether they are Nationally listed or of local importance.
It is intended that the publication of this document will draw attention to the status of Calderdale's wildlife and focus attention on the conservation of those species in pressing need of action.