UK BAP priority plant species

 

A list of UK BAP priority species was created between 1995 and 1999, and subsequently updated in response to the Species and Habitats Review Report (PDF, 1.3Mb), published in 2007.  UK BAP priority species were those that were identified as being the most threatened and requiring conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).  As a result of devolution, and new country-level and international drivers and requirements, much of the work previously carried out by the UK BAP is now focussed at a country-level rather than a UK-level, and a new 'UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework' has recently (July 2012) been published.  The UK BAP list of priority species, however, remains an important reference source and has been used to help draw up statutory lists of priorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Vascular plants

 
The original UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) list of priority species, created between 1995 and 1999, included 60 vascular plant species for which Species Action Plans (SAPs) existed, and an additional 28 species in Grouped SAPs. In 2007, a review of UK BAP priority species and habitats (PDF, 1.3Mb) was completed, and the revised list contains 212 priority species of vascular plants.
 
The UK BAP Vascular Plants Working Group was responsible for input of advice to the Priority Species and Habitats Review, which was completed in 2007. The group consisted in representatives from the Country Agencies, Plantlife, the Natural History Museum, the Biological Records Centre and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
 
 

Non-vascular plants

 

Bryophytes

 
The original UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) list of priority species, created between 1995 and 1999, included 46 bryophyte species for which Species Action Plans (SAPs) existed, with an additional 18 species possessing Species Statements. In 2007, a review of UK BAP priority species and habitats (PDF, 1.3Mb) was completed, and the revised list contains 111 priority species of bryophytes (listed here with other non-vascular plants).
 
The Bryophyte BAP Technical Committee was responsible for input of bryological advice to the Priority Species and Habitats Review. It is supported by the British Bryological Society Conservation and Recording Committee.
 

Green algae (Stoneworts)

 
The original UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) list of priority species, created between 1995 and 1999, included 8 green algae (Stonewort) species for which Species Action Plans (SAPs) existed, with an additional 4 species possessing Species Statements. All of these relate to charophytes. In 2007, a review of UK BAP priority species and habitats (PDF, 1.3Mb) was completed, and the revised list contains 11 priority species of green algae (listed here with other non-vascular plants).
 
The Stoneworts BAP Working Group, chaired by Plantlife, was responsible for input of advice on charophytes to the Priority Species and Habitats Review.