UKBAP logoUK BAP priority bird species

 

A list of UK BAP priority bird species, created between 1995 and 1999, and subsequently updated in response to the Species and Habitats Review Report (PDF, 1.3Mb), published in 2007, is provided in the table below.  The table also provides details of the species' occurrences in the four UK countries, and describes whether the species was an 'original' species (on the original list created between 1995 and 1999), or was added following the 2007 review.  All original species were provided with Species Action Plans (SAPs), species statements, or are included within grouped plans or statements, whereas there are no published plans for the species added 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).  However, 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 the UK BAP was succeeded by the 'UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework' in July 2012.  The UK list of priority species, however, remains an important reference source and has been used to help draw up statutory lists of priority species in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Current scientific names and commonly used synonyms derive from the Nameserver facility of the UK Species Dictionary, which is managed by the Natural History Museum.  More detailed information about the distribution and taxonomy of these species can be found using the NBN Gateway, and details of the original Species Action Plans (SAPs), generated between 1995 and 1999, can be found on the original (archived) UK BAP website, or on the BARS 1 website, which was archived in April 2012 following the launch of BARS 2.

JNCC have collated already-published information from a variety of sources for all of the UK BAP priority species, to bring these data together into a single report, or 'species account'.  All of this information is already available on either the JNCC website, the NBN Gateway, or the BARS 1  website.  Each individual species account can be accessed by selecting the name in the table below, or through the priority species accounts spreadsheet.  For more detail about the information within the species accounts, visit the Priority species accounts page>>.

 

UK BAP priority bird species & occurrence (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Scientific name and link
to species account

NBN common
name

Taxon

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern
Ireland

Original UK BAP
species?

Acrocephalus paludicola

Aquatic Warbler

bird

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Acrocephalus palustris

Marsh Warbler

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes SAP

Alauda arvensis subsp. arvensis/scotica

Sky Lark

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes SAP

Anser albifrons subsp. albifrons

European Greater White-fronted Goose

bird

Y

N

N

N

 

Anser albifrons subsp. flavirostris

Greenland Greater White-fronted Goose

bird

N

Y

Y

Y

 

Anthus trivialis

Tree Pipit

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Aythya marila

Greater Scaup

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Botaurus stellaris

Great Bittern

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes SAP

Branta bernicla subsp. bernicla

Dark-bellied Brent Goose

bird

Y

N

Y

N

 

Burhinus oedicnemus

Stone-curlew

bird

Y

N

N

N

Yes SAP

Caprimulgus europaeus

European Nightjar

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes SAP

Carduelis cabaret

Lesser Redpoll

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Carduelis cannabina subsp. autochthona/
cannabina

Common Linnet

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes SAP

Carduelis flavirostris subsp. bensonorum/
pipilans

Twite

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Hawfinch

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Crex crex

Corn Crake

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes SAP

Cuculus canorus

Common Cuckoo

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Cygnus columbianus subsp. bewickii

Tundra Swan

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Dendrocopos minor subsp. comminutus

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

bird

Y

N

Y

N

 

Emberiza calandra subsp. calandra/clanceyi

Corn Bunting

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes SAP

Emberiza cirlus

Cirl Bunting

bird

Y

N

N

N

Yes SAP

Emberiza citrinella

Yellowhammer

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Emberiza schoeniclus *

Reed Bunting

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes SAP

Gavia arctica

Black-throated Diver

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Jynx torquilla

Eurasian Wryneck

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes SAP

Lagopus lagopus subsp. scotica

Red Grouse

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Lanius collurio

Red-backed Shrike

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes SAP

Larus argentatus subsp. argenteus

Herring Gull

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Limosa limosa subsp. limosa

Black-tailed Godwit

bird

Y

Y

N

N

 

Locustella luscinioides

Savi's Warbler

bird

Y

N

N

N

 

Locustella naevia

Common Grasshopper Warbler

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Loxia scotica

Scottish Crossbill

bird

N

Y

N

N

Yes – SAP

Lullula arborea

Wood Lark

bird

Y

N

Y

N

Yes – SAP

Melanitta nigra

Common Scoter

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Motacilla flava subsp. flavissima

Yellow Wagtail

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Muscicapa striata

Spotted Flycatcher

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Numenius arquata

Eurasian Curlew

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Passer domesticus

House Sparrow

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Passer montanus

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Perdix perdix

Grey Partridge

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes – SAP

Phalaropus lobatus

Red-necked Phalarope

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Wood Warbler

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Poecile montanus subsp. kleinschimdti

Willow Tit

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Poecile palustris subsp. palustris/dresseri

Marsh Tit

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Prunella modularis subsp. occidentalis

Hedge Accentor

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Puffinus mauretanicus

Balearic Shearwater

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Pyrrhula pyrrhula subsp. pileata

Common Bullfinch

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Stercorarius parasiticus

Arctic Skua

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Sterna dougallii

Roseate Tern

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Streptopelia turtur

European Turtle Dove

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes – SAP

Sturnus vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Common Starling

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Tetrao tetrix subsp. britannicus

Black Grouse

bird

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes – SAP

Tetrao urogallus

Western Capercaillie

bird

N

Y

N

N

Yes – SAP

Troglodytes troglodytes subsp. fridariensis

Fair Isle Wren

bird

N

Y

N

N

 

Troglodytes troglodytes subsp. hirtensis

St Kilda Wren

bird

N

Y

N

N

 

Turdus philomelos subsp. clarkei

Song Thrush

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Turdus philomelos subsp. hebridensis

Hebridean Song Thrush

bird

N

Y

N

N

Yes – SAP

Turdus torquatus

Ring Ouzel

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Vanellus vanellus

Northern Lapwing

bird

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

* Note that a study was carried out in 2010 on breeding reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) and their dependence on river habitat quality. The results of the study are available here.