Derbyshire feather-moss is endemic to the UK and is found at only one site on a seasonally-inundated, shaded limestone rock-face alongside a calcareous spring in Derbyshire.
The species is listed as Critically Endangered on the GB Red List and as Endangered on the IUCN/WCMC global list. It is protected under Schedule 8 of the WCA 1981.
This site is currently protected as an SSSI and a NNR.
The species and the water quality of the site are monitored regularly.
Action plan objectives and targets
Maintain at its only known site.
Maintain at any other sites at which it is found.
Proposed actions with lead agencies
Policy and legislation
No action proposed.
Site safeguard and management
No action proposed.
Species management and protection
Discourage illegal collecting of this species and ensure offenders are prosecuted. (ACTION: NE, LA)
Ensure visitors to the NNR are aware of the presence and vulnerability of the species. Encourage visitors to use alternative locations for their activities. (ACTION: NE)
Ensure the relevant societies are aware of the ecological and legal implications of collecting this species. (ACTION: NE)
Future Research and Monitoring
Investigate the ecological and habitat requirements of this species to help underpin management advice and identify potential threats to the survival of the population. (ACTION: NE)
Monitor extant population regularly and seek to identify any further, or undue, threats to this species. (ACTION: NE)
Survey similar habitats in the area to determine if the plant occurs elsewhere. (ACTION: NE)
Establish a number of ex-situ populations in culture. (ACTION: RBGs, NE)
Pass information gathered during survey and monitoring of this species to JNCC or BRC so that it can be incorporated in national databases. (ACTION: NE)
Provide information annually to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre on the UK status of the species to contribute to maintenance of an up-to-date global Red Data List. (ACTION: JNCC)
Communications and Publicity
Use the presence and ecology of this species to highlight the importance of rock habitats for UK biodiversity and the threats posed by human activities. (ACTION: NE)
Links with other action plans
The following LBAPs are working on Thamnobryum angustifolium:
Originally published in: Biodiversity: The UK Steering Group Report - Volume II: Action Plans (December 1995, Tranche 1, Vol 2, p215)
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