Management of UK Lowland Wetland Habitats

 

Given the threats to lowland wetland habitats, it is often necessary to undertake some form of management to improve or maintain their condition. There are a number of sources of information to guide such action, examples of which are outlined below.

 

Management guidance and best practice

 

Fen Management Handbook

Fen Management Handbook © Andrew McBride/SNHThe Fen Management Handbook is a major publication that highlights practical techniques and provides the background science that underpins different fen management techniques. It is aimed at anyone involved in fen management, creation or restoration in the UK from a practical, policy or planning perspective.

 

Wetland Habitat Management for Invertebrates

Buglife has produced guidance for the management of UK BAP Priority Habitats for invertebrates, including on Lowland Raised Bogs and Fens.

 

Habitat Management Search Engine

JNCC has developed a customised search engine, Habitat Management on the Web, which is designed to direct users to information about how to manage UK terrestrial and freshwater habitats for biodiversity conservation.

 

Annex I Management Models

The European Commission has published Management Models for Annex I Habitats, including some lowland wetland examples. Each document includes information on the distribution, ecological requirements of the habitat, main trends and threats. Relevant management actions and prescriptions are described in detail. Main constraints, risks and modifiers of the proposed management have also been included. Finally, relevant parameters for cost estimates, cost estimate examples and potential sources of EU financing are illustrated.