Species

UK Priority Species are those which are of particular conservation importance throughout the UK. Priority Species are recognised in national and local planning policy.
Find out more about how the UK Priority Species were identified and download the full UK list here https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/uk-bap-priority-species/

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Group has reviewed our Local Priority Species (formerly Local Species Action Plans). Over 200 UK Priority Species are found in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We have produced a list of local priority species which can be downloaded in the library section, under “Species – Priority Species.”

About Local Priority Species
This list is intended to help determine which species are likely to be present and where practical conservation efforts should be targeted as part of planning applications, site management plans, and other conservation projects.
Species have been included on the list if they meet the following criteria:
• UK Priority Species
• Species recorded in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in the last 50 years
• Not “research only” species in the UK BAP
• Likely to be normally found/resident/breeding in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (i.e. not incidental/single records or occasional migrants). Input from local specialists and recording groups was used to help determine this.

The list also includes information on common associations between species and habitats, however, bear in mind that species may be found anywhere, including outside their “usual” habitats.
We have also included further information for some species, where it is relevant to their conservation.
Since new species records and information are made all the time, this list will be reviewed annually.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Additional Species of Interest (CPASI)
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are also home to important populations of some species not on the UK Priority list, but still special and in need of conservation. Species have been selected for the CPASI list primarily on the basis of being relatively rare species nationally for which Cambridgeshire and Peterborough holds a significant proportion of the national population, and/or being relatively locally rare species strongly associated with semi-natural habitats of nature conservation interest. The CPASI species should be considered in conjunction with the UK Priority species and we recommend they also be considered as targets for conservation efforts where appropriate.

The list has been produced by working with local specialists and recorders, and is based on their knowledge and suggestions. For vascular plants, the BSBI vice-county Rare Plant Registers have also been consulted. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough approximately contains two vice-counties (VC31 Huntingdonshire and VC29 ‘old’ Cambridgeshire) and part of a third (VC32 Northamptonshire). Links to the latest registers which contain more species can be found on the BSBI website https://bsbi.org/local-botany
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Group approves the final list, which was last updated in March 2021.
If you would like more information on any of the species on this list, please let us know and we will try to put you in touch with a local expert who can tell you more. You can find this list for download in the library section, under “Species – Additional Species of Interest”.

Species factsheets
We have created some factsheets for a selection of Priority Species which give examples of actions you can take to benefit the species, and links to sources of further information. You can find these in the library section under “Species.”

The importance of designated sites
Some species are found only on one or two specific sites, and site-focussed management can be the best way to conserve them, particularly where a site is also important for other priority species. Sites in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which support large numbers of priority species include:
Woodwalton Fen, Holme Fen, Wicken Fen, Sutton Heath and Bog, Bedford Purlieus, Castor Hanglands, Barnack Hills and Holes, Monk’s Wood, Brampton Wood, Hampton Nature Reserve, Hayley Wood, Devil’s Ditch, Gamlingay Wood, Chippenham Fen, Orton Pit/Dogsthorpe/Whittlesey Brick Pits, Norman Cross Pits, Ouse Washes, Nene Washes.

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