UKBAP logoUK BAP priority fish species (excluding purely marine species)

 

A list of UK BAP priority fish 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 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland 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 fish 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?

Acipenser sturio

Common Sturgeon

bony fish

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Alosa alosa

Allis Shad

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Alosa fallax

Twaite Shad

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes – SAP

Anguilla anguilla

European Eel

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Cobitis taenia

Spined Loach

bony fish

Y

N

N

N

 

Coregonus albula

Vendace

bony fish

Y

Y

N

N

Yes – SAP

Coregonus autumnalis

Pollan

bony fish

N

N

N

Y

Yes – SAP

Coregonus lavaretus

Whitefish (Powan, Gwyniad or Schelly)

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Lampetra fluviatilis

River Lamprey

jawless fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Lota lota

Burbot

bony fish

N

N

N

N

Yes – SAP

Osmerus eperlanus

Smelt (Sparling)

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Petromyzon marinus

Sea Lamprey

jawless fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Salmo salar

Atlantic Salmon

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Salmo trutta

Brown/Sea Trout

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Salvelinus alpinus

Arctic Charr

bony fish

Y

Y

Y

N