Introduction to UK BAP Priority Habitats

The Governments of all four UK countries have now adopted the recommendations of experts and published the UK list of priority species and habitats in August 2007. This list is the result of the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken in the UK. It contains 1150 species and 65 habitats that have been listed as priorities for conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP). It is an important reference source and will be the focus for conservation action across the UK over the next decade.

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List of Habitats of Principal Importance in England

Publication of the English list satisfies the requirements of Section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006).

The list contains 56 of the total 65 UK BAP habitats and is the definitive reference for all statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in operations that affect biodiversity in England. It should also be used to guide decision-makers such as local and regional authorities, in implementing their statutory duties to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in the exercise of their normal functions.

 
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Scottish Biodiversity List (List of Species and Habitats of Principal Importance in Scotland)

Publication of the Scottish list satisfies the requirements of Section 2(4) of The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

The list contains the majority of the total 65 UK BAP habitats and is the definitive reference for all statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in operations that affect biodiversity in Scotland. It should also be used to guide decision-makers such as local and regional authorities, in implementing their statutory duties to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in the exercise of their normal functions.
 
 
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List of Priority Habitats in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Biodiversity Group has prepared Biodiversity Action Plans for 37 habitats occurring in the province out of the total list of 65 UK BAP habitats. These are the definitive reference for all statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in operations that affect biodiversity in Northern Ireland. It should also be used to guide decision-makers such as local and regional authorities, in implementing their statutory duties to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in the exercise of their normal functions.

Find out more >> List of Priority Habitats in Northern Ireland

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List of Habitats of Principal Importance in Wales 

Publication of the Welsh list satisfies the requirements of Section 42 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006).

The list contains 51 of the total 65 UK BAP habitats with an additional 3 marine habitats that are specific to Wales. The list is the definitive reference for all statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in operations that affect biodiversity in. It should also be used to guide decision-makers such as local and regional authorities, in implementing their statutory duties to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in the exercise of their normal functions.

Find out more >> List of Habitats of Priority Importance in Wales

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The Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS)

The BARS web site provides a search facility for all UK BAP Priority Habitats. 

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