Habitats

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

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Group has reviewed our Local Priority Habitats (many of these were formerly the subject of Local Habitat Action Plans – you can still find the old HAPS in the archive section of our library page).
16 UK Priority Habitats are found in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and these are:

Category
Rivers and streams
Standing open water and canals
Standing open water and canals
Arable and horticultural
Boundary and linear features
Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
Acid grassland
Calcareous grassland
Neutral grassland
Improved grassland
Fen, marsh and swamp
Fen, marsh and swamp
Inland rock
Priority Habitat
Rivers
Ponds
Eutrophic standing waters
Arable field margins
Hedgerows
Traditional orchards
Wood-pasture and parkland
Wet woodland
Lowland mixed deciduous woodland
Lowland dry acid grassland
Lowland calcareous grassland
Lowland meadows
Coastal and floodplain grazing marsh
Lowland fens
Reedbeds
Open mosaic habitats on previously developed land

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Additional Habitats of Interest (CPAHI)
There are other habitats in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that are not on the UK Priority list, but are still important for wildlife and can be kept that way through targeted management action. As these are not UK Priority Habitats, they are not covered by the requirements in national and local planning policies and there is no specific obligation to consider them when planning development. However, consultation with local experts has identified them as valuable in a local context therefore we recommend they also be considered as targets for conservation efforts where appropriate.These habitats are:
• Fenland drainage ditches
• Urban habitats (including domestic gardens, managed greenspaces, allotments, urban woodland, sustainable urban drainage systems, and other urban features).The importance of soil
Some habitats are found only on specific soil types. For example, lowland calcareous grassland priority habitat is only found on chalk and limestone soils in the southeast of Cambridgeshire and west of Peterborough. If you are considering creating or restoring a particular habitat type, you should find out about any soil type associations first.

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