The British uplands have two groups of lichen species of outstanding conservation interest:
1) species of western oceanic areas and
2) species of calcareous rock at high altitudes.
The most characteristically oceanic of the communities delimited in the present study are SS E1
on siliceous rock and SL 15 on limestone. Samples from high altitude calcareous rocks were few in the present survey, but Community SS X1 from Eryri, the Ben Nevis range and Beinn Heasgarnich includes some examples. Most of the samples recorded were from treeless, grazed upland sites. A cessation of grazing in these areas would be a potential concern, likely to result in shading or engulfment of rocks by vascular plant vegetation or robust bryophytes. Recreational pressures are also known to be a potential threat in some upland habitats.
The UK Upland Habitat Action Plan Steering Group has produced the Caring for our uplands leaflet to raise awareness of the on the importance of upland habitats and delivering the UK upland Habitat Action Plans for blanket bog, upland heathland and upland calcareous grassland.
Lowland raised bogs are an important habitat throughout Western Europe. The classification of the extent of the damage is central to the management of remaining sites and the application of appropriate restoration measures on degraded sites.
This is the first comprehensive, single book on plant communities in the British Uplands.
This booklet is an introductory companion to the book 'Alpine Biodiversity in Europe' (2003). The book has arisen from the efforts of a network of scientists working on biodiversity throughout the alpine areas of Europe (ALPNET 1998-2000), sponsored by the European Science Foundation.
This volume gives a detailed account of 38 mire communities and 22 heath communities in the UK, providing information on their composition, structure and distribution. From these descriptions, it also relates their similarity and environmental status to other types of vegetation categories, both in Britain and on the continent.
In this document we have drawn together forty-one studies concerned in different ways with the dynamics of change in the uplands
Birds, bogs and forestry presented the initial results of surveys undertaken by the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) in the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland.