Natural England - Species Recovery Programme Register

Species Recovery Programme Register

Almost 1000 species in England have been listed as high priority for conservation action. Natural England is developing a new integrated delivery framework to identify and address the needs of those species in most urgent need of attention and ensure that we make the best use of all our delivery mechanisms. As well as our agri-environment and land management work, this includes a large number of direct action projects through our Species Recovery Programme.

Through this programme we work with a wide range of partners to help conserve, and reverse the declines of, some of our most threatened plants, animals and fungi. Work includes identifying the needs of individual species, carrying out research and monitoring to understand how to reverse declines, trialling land management solutions and undertaking practical action, including reintroductions, to help threatened species populations to recover.

Current projects are categorised as research, advice and delivery, and monitoring depending on the most significant aspect of the work, but all are, to a greater or lesser extent, a combination of these activities.

Advice/Delivery

Field cricket recovery project (2009-04-01 - 2016-03-31)RP0066Jon Curson
The field cricket Gryllus campestris is a red-listed species of conservation concern and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species with very restricted distribution. This project involves: i) monitoring and managing existing colonies in southern England (Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire), ii) undertaking research into the use of grazing and disturbance management to determine the required habitat matrix for the field cricket, and iii) undertaking reinforcement translocations of field cricket to a series of re-establishment sites. In 2013 the project is continuing at reduced capacity (not all sites may be monitored), due to lack of funding.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £5,000.00
Undertake reinforcement translocations of field cricket nymphs to RSPB’s Farnham Heath and Pulborough Brooks reserves.Trial management of habitat or species30/06/2011
Liaison with landowners and managers over management of current and potential sitesAdvice to practitioners or users31/03/2013
Continue to monitor populations at all known sitesPopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2013
Freshwater pearl mussel recovery project (2007-04-01 - 2018-03-31)RP0068Gavin Measures
To create a national holding facility at Windermere, Cumbria, to maintain and breed threatened populations of freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera from rivers across England. Research into captive rearing techniques, juvenile survival and populations genetics will be carried out (PhD with Cumbria University). The Freshwater Pearl Mussel 'Ark' Project is a partnership between Natural England, the Environment Agency and Freshwater Biological Association

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £135,000.00
2011/12 project report publishedOther report/publication20/03/2012
2012/13 project report publishedOther report/publication31/03/2013
DueOther report/publication31/03/2014
Fen raft spider recovery project, 2013-14 (2008-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0071David Heaver
The fen raft spider is a red-listed species and a S41 Priority (formerly UK BAP) species with very restricted UK distribution. This project aims to reintroduce the species to new sites through a captive breeding programme. Two new populations have been established on the lower Waveney River, with a trial of a new population in a RSPB Norfolk Broads reserve to establish a population locus in this large area of wetland. In partnership with the British Arachnological Society/Helen Smith/Wildlife Trusts/BIAZA/RSPB/The Broads Authority
Evidence productexternal linkWeb site31/03/2011
Captive breeding releaseTrial management of habitat or species30/03/2012
DueTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2014
Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) (2010-10-13 - 2015-10-12)RP0111Nick Brodin
Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) is a partnership project with Forestry Commission, northern Wildlife Trusts and the Red Squirrel Survival Trust following on from the Review of Red Squirrel Conservation Activity in Northern England (2009, NECR019external link). This project has an initial duration of 5 years beginning October 2010 and seeks to deliver a consistent approach to Red Squirrel conservation across Northern England.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £65,000.00
Website goes liveexternal linkWeb site14/10/2011
Agree Monitoring Delivery Planexternal linkOther report/publication14/10/2011
Agree Conservation Delivery Planexternal linkOther report/publication14/10/2011
Plan and undertake first fixed point monitoring session with at least 150 points coveredPopulation and/or breeding data31/05/2012
Dormouse species recovery project (1993-04-01 - 2015-03-31)RP0112Katherine Walsh
This on-going project is part of the dormouse re-introduction programme, which is long term work, and an action under the dormouse BAP target for England as defined from objectives via the England Biodiversity Strategy (EBS). This project seeks to continue to restore the species to areas of its former range from which it has been lost where appropriate and suitable to do so following IUCN guidelines and the appropriate disease risk procedures. Due to habitat fragmentation and the limited mobility of this European protected species it is unlikely that dormice would be able to spread into areas which they once colonised without intervention.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £26,500.00
DueOther report/publication31/03/2014
DuePopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2014
Lady slipper orchid: implementation of Species Action Plan (1990-03-01 - 2015-03-30)RP0138Ian Taylor
The lady slipper orchid is a critically endangered red-listed species of conservation concern and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species with very restricted distribution. This long-term implementation project includes research into genetics and micro propagation (see RP0399); on-site management works; seasonal wardening of the Wild Site, support for network of voluntary recorders on (re)introduction sites and support for grower's network. Joint project with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £14,000.00
Annual Review of Action Plan deliveryBiodiversity Action Plan Reporting03/03/2012
DueBiodiversity Action Plan Reporting31/03/2015
Restoration of former red helleborine populations in Gloucestershire (2009-04-01 - 2015-03-31)RP0141Ian Taylor
Red helleborine Cephalanthera rubra is a critically endangered red-listed species of conservation concern and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species with very restricted distribution. It is an elusive woodland orchid, always rare but now restricted to three sites and total English population of just 37 plants. Project aims to manage the extant sites for red helleborine and trial management on sites planned for future reintroductions. In partnership with Cephalanthera Restoration Group; Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (RBG)

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £12,000.00
Annual review of Species Action Plan deliveryBiodiversity Action Plan Reporting31/03/2011
Action for Birds in England: corncrake re-introduction (2009-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0149Phil Grice
The corncrake is a scarce red-listed bird of conservation concern and a BAP priority species. This project involves releasing at least 50 young corncrakes onto the Nene Washes each summer and surveying the site for singing males. Action for Birds in England - a partnership project with RSPB.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £15,000.00
Annual release of corncrakesTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2012
Annual surveying for singing malesPopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2012
Hen Harrier Recovery Project (2002-02-01 - 2050-12-01)RP0274Stephen Murphy
To contribute to the recovery of the hen harrier breeding population in England through a combination of monitoring, research and, potentially, reintroduction (by way of completing a feasibility study). It also includes a study of the ecology of hen harriers outside the breeding season, covering movements, habitat selection, survivorship and fate of radio- and satellite-tagged hen harriers of known breeding provenance.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £34,500.00
A future for the Hen Harrier In England? (NE140)external linkNatural England General Publication30/11/2009
DueNatural England Technical Publication31/03/2014
Short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project (2008-04-01 - 2016-03-31)RP0376Gavin Measures
A major project to re-establish the short-haired bumblebee Bombus subterraneus to the UK. The project aims to re-create suitable bumblebee forage habitat on Dungeness and Romney Marsh in Kent, via appropriate options in the Environmental Stewardship Scheme by working with farmers, land-owners and conservation groups. The short-haired bumblebee was reintroduced from Sweden to the UK in early 2012. It is intended that further releases will take place over the next 3 years. Partnership project with Hymettus, British Bumblebee Conservation Trust and RSPB

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £152,327.00
DueSpatial data31/03/2016
DueCaptive rearing release31/03/2016
DueHabitat creation, enhancement or protection31/03/2016
Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (2008-04-01 - 2018-03-31)RP0385Stephen Murphy
Natural England, through the Hen Harrier Recovery Project, jointly funds the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project Langholm project.external link[www]This project runs until 2018 and seeks to demonstrate whether the needs of an economically viable grouse moor can be met alongside the conservation needs of protected raptors, especially the hen harrier. Project in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage; Buccleuch Estates; RSPB and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £32,710.00
Monitoring of the trial management of grouse moorexternal linkTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2011
Reintroducing the great bustard on Salisbury Plain (2010-11-18 - 2016-03-31)RP0409Ian Carter
A five year (LIFE+ funded project involving The Great Bustard Group, RSPB, Bath University and Natural England) to reintroduce the great bustard to Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. The project builds on work undertaken over the last five years, which has already resulted in birds breeding successfully on the plain. The enhanced project will result in more birds, imported from Russia, being released on the plain annually and will include a detailed programme on monitoring, based partly on satellite tracking, in order to provide information on survival rates, movements and habitat use.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £5,000.00
Release of at least 20 birds in summer 2011external linkCaptive rearing release30/10/2011
Paper in Oryxexternal linkPeer-reviewed paper30/03/2012
Evidence productPopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2013
AFBIE: England twite recovery (2009-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0478Andrew Brown
The project involves working with farmers and moorland managers in, and adjacent to, the South Pennines SSSI and SPA in order to provide a larger area of quality nesting habitat (principally tall heather at the moorland edge and bracken - much of which is burnt annually for agricultural purposes) and feeding habitat (principally flower-rich pastures and meadows). An experimental approach is being taken so the project also includes monitoring of the local population (which is now effectively also the entire English population) in order to determine the efficacy of our interventions. In partnership with RSPB.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £7,500.00
DueTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2014
AFBIE: cirl bunting reintroduction (Cornwall) (2011-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0480Ian Carter
This pioneering project has been running since 2006 and involves the taking of eggs from nests in the wild in south Devon, rearing in captivity and then release within an area of suitable habitat in south Cornwall. The project is the first passerine reintroduction in the UK and, not surprisingly, has experienced some challenges. The aim is to establish a self-sustaining population, which should be achievable after one more year of releases in 2011. There will be a need for post-release monitoring in years 2 and 3, in line with IUCN guidelines. In partnership with RSPB.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £47,500.00
Release of at least 50 translocated birds in 2011 and follow up monitoringexternal linkCaptive rearing release30/09/2011
DuePeer-reviewed paper30/09/2013
Bromus interruptus (Interrupted brome) reintroduction programme (2012-06-20 - 2015-03-31)RP0481John Martin
Monitor, consolidate and extend the trial re-introduction programme for Bromus interruptus. In 2013/14 resurvey and update status of previous reintroduction sites and make recommendations for future work.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £3,000.00
Action for plants - Fenland Integrated Biodiversity Delivery Area (IBDA) (2011-04-01 - 2013-03-31)RP0484Ian Taylor
To undertake experimental management work, re-introductions or augmentations on a suite of Fenland high priority taxa - at least two (Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. ochroleuca and Liparis loeselii) needing specialised micro-propagation. In partnership with Plantlife and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (RBG)

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £24,000.00
Specilaised micro-propagationTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2013
Action for plants - Breckland recovery project (2011-04-01 - 2013-03-31)RP0485Ian Taylor
Trial management, re-introductions and species augmentations, and monitoring of a suite of species occurring in Breckland. In partnership with Plantlife

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £24,000.00
DueOther report/publication30/09/2013
Action for Plants in England - Local Delivery Models (2011-04-01 - 2013-03-31)RP0486Ian Taylor
To review the success of a range of local delivery models for the conservation of a group of vascular species characterised by their occurence on scattered and often unprotected sites and assess their ability to carry out the sometimes detailed and species-targeted management required in a sustainable way. In partnership with Plantlife

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £36,000.00
DueNatural England Technical Publication30/09/2013
Mycological Conservation in England (2013-04-01)RP1691Jonathan Cox
The project comprisese a range of objectives to further the conservation of Fungi in England, including the prioritisation of and actions-setting for Section 41 fungi species, revising and extending fungi SSSI selection guidelines, providing mycological advice to support mycological conservation, managing mycological casework, and establishing a mycological taxon group.
Threatened butterflies in England - recovery projects (2010-03-31 - 2020-03-31)RP1846Jon Curson
This is an ongoing Species Recovery Programme project, under an MoA with Butterfly Conservation, to work on seven of our most threatened butterfly species: large blue, pearl-bordered, marsh, heath and Glanville fritillaries, Lulworth skipper and Duke of Burgundy. The large blue project involves the ongoing re-introduction scheme as well as monitoring and habitat management for the re-introduced populations. For the other species work involves monitoring key sites and habitat management work and advice. The actual species worked on may vary, according top priority needs, over the lifetime of the project.

Monitoring

Action for Bats in England (2013-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0174Katherine Walsh
Continuing with the current NE/BCT MoA which in its broadest sense gathers species trend data for priority bat species in England, through the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP), so that we can assess the status of the species within the country. The work informs agri-environment schemes, helps to develop an evidence base to support best practice guidelines for a range of bat-related issues. The project to support the employment within BCT of the Biodiversity Officer post and the Partnership Officer post. Project in partnership with Bat Conservation Trust and part of Action for Bats in England

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £55,000.00
Monitoring of bat priority speciesexternal linkPopulation and/or breeding data29/03/2012
DueAdvice to practitioners or users31/03/2014
DuePopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2014
Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) (2013-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0222Alastair Burn
The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme; i) monitors contaminant residues in tissues and eggs of range of birds of prey including some seabirds; and ii) provides information on rodenticide contamination, contamination by certain metals and other toxic chemicals. It includes advice to Defra and Chemicals Regulation Directorate (and others), and helps inform risk management measures and potential regulatory action. 'Project dates' below refer to the current years contract. Co-funded with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; Environment Agency, RSPB and Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £85,000.00
Report on analayses of birds collected in 2009external linkEvidence published by a partner31/03/2011
DueEvidence published by a partner30/04/2014
Pool frog reintroduction monitoring (2011-04-01 - 2015-03-31)RP0381Katharine Woods
The pool frog is a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species. This project will monitor the pool frog population, and other relevant species, at the site where a recent reintroduction has taken place as part of a species recovery plan.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £13,700.00
Data on pool frog population at reintroduction sitePopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2011
DuePopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2015
Rare and declining moths in England: recovery projects (2012-04-05 - 2020-03-31)RP0896Jon Curson
MoA with Butterfly Conservation to monitor, research and give site management advice where appropriate, for 36 species of S41 moth that are flagged as being in rapid decline across England. Although formally described as a monitoring project, it does include research and advice on suitable management for landowners. The list of 36 species is not exhaustive and there is scope to add to this list or change the species, as deemed necessary, acknowledging that priorities may change in future years.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £40,000.00
Breeding Twite Survey (2013-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP1402Allan Drewitt
A RSPB-Country Agencies national survey of breeding twite, a scarce and declining BAP bird species, is undertaken every 12 years. The next survey will be carried out this year. Natural England funding will ensure full coverage of the South Pennines, the most important area for breeding twite in England. The resulting data will also provide essential information on the condition of the South Pennine Moors SSSI and SPA and will also provide a valuable assessment of the impact of HLS prescriptions designed to benefit the species.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £22,000.00
Interim reportPopulation and/or breeding data30/09/2013
Invertebrate Survey of poorly known S41 species (2013-05-07 - 2014-03-31)RP1443David Heaver
A group of Priority 1 invertebrates with high survey requirements before conservation action can take place. Our understanding of these taxa is so poor nothing much can be pursued without some exploration of the basic ecological issues. (LB13-14-84020-004) Project with Buglife.
Re-survey and monitoring of Dryopteris cristata (2013-06-26 - 2014-03-31)RP1552John Martin
Dryopteris cristata (male fern) survey covering as many of the past sites as possible given the time available. Map, count (where possible) and make comment on changes since the last survey in 1999 with observations on habitat condition, management and other issues relevant to its conservation.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £2,000.00
Ditch surveys for Alisma gramineum in Lincolnshire (2013-05-01 - 2014-03-31)RP1553John Martin
Survey of Counter Drain (snorkel/drysuit) and other nearby ditches and agree amended ditch management by local Internal Drainage Board of likely key site, to ensure the best chance of finding flowering material of ribbon-leaved water plantain as this can be identified 'in the field'.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £4,500.00

Research

Action for Birds in England: English seabird numbers and productivity - Herring Gull, Balearic Shearwater and Terns (2009-04-01 - 2015-03-30)RP0085Andrew Brown
To monitor numbers and productivity of birds at important seabird colonies in England which are not included within the national Seabird Monitoring Programme. These datasets are used by regions to assess site condition and by partners and Natural England to report on the status of the seabirds of both England and UK levels. To determine the causes of adverse trends in S41 seabird numbers or productivity and to identify management or other solutions to reverse these trends. Project on-going until 2015. Project in partnership with RSPB and part of Action for Birds In England (AfBiE).
Publication of paper to british Birds on decline, current status and potential for recovery of Lundys seabirdexternal linkPeer-reviewed paper01/07/2010
Datasets on seabird colonies in England not included within the national Seabird Monitoring Programmeexternal linkPopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2011
Action for Birds in England: corn bunting solution testing (2009-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0091Phil Grice
Testing of new management solutions for corn buntings in arable landscapes across eastern England. Project on-going until 2014. In summer of 2012 corn bunting breeding activity was monitored in seventeen grass plots and seventeen experimental double-drilled cereal strip pairs/singles, plus adjacent fields. Project in partnership with RSPB and part of Action for Birds in England (AfBiE).

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £15,000.00
Bats and roofing membranes (PhD) (2010-01-13 - 2015-01-30)RP0305Katherine Walsh
i) To gain an understanding of the impacts of the use of breathable membranes on bat roosts where these occur in roofs, and ii) to disseminate findings and recommendations as a guidance document for use by both the building industry and conservation organisations. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council/Natural England/Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE)/Bat Conservation Trust PhD student: Stacey Waring, Reading University.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £10,000.00
DuePhD thesis31/03/2014
Action for Birds in England: turtle dove (2010-06-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0374Phil Grice
The turtle dove is a red-listed bird of conservation concern and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species which has declined by 89% in the period 1970-2008. This is a project to research optimal land management solutions for turtle doves. Prior research has indicated that the provision of seed rich habitats during the breeding season delivered through agri-environment schemes would be the key measure for recovering the species, this project will investigate this and trial optimal land management solutions. Project in partnership with RSPB and part of Action for Birds In England (AfBiE).

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £40,000.00
DueNatural England Technical Publication31/03/2014
DueTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2014
Conservation of the Croston worm Prostoma jenningsi, 2013-14, LB13/14-84021-006 (2013-06-17 - 2014-03-31)RP0459David Heaver
A project to aid the recovery of the Croston worm, a nemertean worm globally endemic to the UK and at one site in Lancashire. The project will: i) Raise the profile of this most unloved group of animals. ii) Explore bracksih water sites within the flood-plain to test the new hypothesis that this may be a brackish water species. A project in conjunction with Lancashire Wildlife trust & University of Lancaster Project extended by 1 year to re-double efforts to survey and find the species which is proving elusive. Same partners involved. November 2012 - 2 new Prostoma populations discovered in nearby pools!
Restoration of native oyster through the development of broodstock areas (2011-04-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0479Jed Nicholson
A feasibility study of native oyster stock regenerationexternal link[PDF]commissioned by Seafishexternal link[www]identifies that restocking broodstock areas with half-grown imported oyster spat is both cost and ecologically effective. The intent would be to support the recovery of this BAP and FOCI (feature of interest for MCZ designation) species, and to monitor the biodiversity benefits associated with reef development. In partnership with National Oceanography Centre

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £20,000.00
Delivery of Year 2 Progress Report. This document will report on the initial findings of the 'reefs' collected from the field and lab work. The report should also inform progress against plan, highlight priorities for the final stages of the field study and assess condition of the brood stocks and a wider assessment of the effects on the general ecology of the experimental sites.Trial management of habitat or species31/03/2013
DueTrial management of habitat or species31/03/2014
Alchemilla - threatened Lady's mantles (2011-04-01 - 2013-03-31)RP0488Ian Taylor
To assess the populations of these critical taxa to ensure conservation action is targeted to the right sites and to develop detailed management protocols for them. In partnership with Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI)

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £8,000.00
Evidence productEvidence published/used in some other format30/09/2013
Lobarion lichen community survey and assessment of reasons for decline (2011-09-20 - 2014-12-31)RP0493Mike Sutcliffe
Resurvey of known locations for species within the 'Lobarion' lichen community including species for which Britain has an International Responsibility. This will allow for the current status of these species to be assessed. The information will also help to assess the reasons for the decline of this community in recent decades. This is a 3 year project. In partnership with British Lichen Society.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £5,000.00
Submission of interim report and species survey spreadsheet.Population and/or breeding data23/03/2012
DuePopulation and/or breeding data31/03/2014
Developing a conservation strategy for selected widespread Critically Endangered and Endangered vascular plants (2011-07-01 - 2014-03-31)RP0503Simon Leach
A project to improve evidence-base for long list of threatened 'widespread declining' vascular plants listed on the UKBAP and S41, to evaluate representation across protected sites network and to pinpoint key populations lying outside that network requiring conservation action. BSBI to collate data for agreed subset of the species covered by this project, passing to Plantlife for detailed analysis. Partnership with Botanical Society of the British Islesexternal link[www] (BSBI) and Plantlifeexternal link[www]

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £48,560.00
Produce draft species reports (2011-12 reports)Other report/publication23/03/2012
DueOther report/publication30/04/2014
Putting Plants on the Map: a data services/surveillance/monitoring MoA with the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) (2011-04-01)RP0535Simon Leach
This agreement sets out and delivers the botanical data services required by Natural England in support of vascular plant conservation in England. The Botanical Society of the British Islesexternal link[www]has a key role to play across a wide array of Natural England's botanical work, including species surveillance, UKBAP and the EBS implementation, species status assessments, targeting of conservation action in the wider countryside and reporting on the distribution and trends of threatened species. 2012-13 and 2013-14 to include work on a major project to compile an England Red List.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £113,509.00
Representation of S.41, Red List and Rare/Scarce taxa on SSSIs - data provision and analysis as input to SSSI Reviewexternal linkEvidence published by a partner30/03/2012
Inputs to Species Status Assessment Group including Years 6 and 7 Red List AmendmentsNewsletter or journal for specialists22/03/2013
DueEvidence published/used in some other format27/09/2013
DuePeer-reviewed paper20/12/2013
Chichester Harbour Oyster Partnership Initiative (CHOPI) (2010-04-28)RP0734Emma Kelman
i) To relay native oysters (Ostrea edulis) in high density patches within the Harbour to boost recruitment potential and kick-start wider re-population of the Harbour. ii) To work with a range of partners including regulators, industry and academia to restore a BAP species and an important commerical species. iii) To develop a Fisheries and Conservation Management plan for Native Oysters in Chichester Harbour. iv) To work with local fisherman to promote sustainable inshore fisheries.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £3,000.00
Polygala amarella - survey of extant sites and review of its conservation status in England (2012-06-13)RP0848Simon Leach
Collation of existing data for Polygala amarella (dwarf milkwort) in Kent and Yorkshire, site surveys, assessment of habitat suitability and management recommendations to safeguard this rare and threatened species; also a review of the taxonomy of the species and the two varieties/subspecies (amara and austriaca), with revised threat assessments of each. The findings will be published as a report and subsequently a paper.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £5,000.00
Determining the Impact of Wind Turbines on Bats in the UK. (2013-01-02 - 2014-07-31)RP1029Katherine Walsh
To support an extension to the Defra led project, 'Determining the Impact of Wind Turbines on Bats in the UK'. This funding will allow further work to take place at additional sites to improve the statistical power of the project to identify habitat and weather variables linked with the risk of bat collisions with large-scale wind turbines. This will allow appropriate mitigation strategies to be developed. Additional bat surveys will take place, building on the current monitoring protocol. This will allow better understanding of bat usage across wind turbine sites in relation to linear features.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £15,000.00
DueEvidence published by a partner31/07/2014
Surveys of threatened endemic English hawkweeds (Hieracium species) (2013-08-06)RP1592Simon Leach
Visit Fisher Ghyll (Helvellyn), Glenridding and Rigg Head (Seatoller), all in Cumbria, to search for the threatened English endemic hawkweed species Hieracium fissuricola, H. subintegrifolium and H. filisquamum; to assess current status of these species (population size, location, site photographs, assessment of habitat condition, management recommendations, etc.) and prepare short report on survey findings; to propose for each species a revised IUCN Red List threat status.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £2,800.00
Survey of Liochlaena lanceolata, a Critically Endangered liverwort, in Northern England (2013-09-11)RP1608Jonathan Cox
Survey and assessment of the distribution, populations and site management requirements of Liochalaena lanceolata (Jungermannia leiantha), a Critically Endangered and Nationally Rare liverwort, in Northern England.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £2,000.00
The status of the Vunerable Section 41 bryophyte Dicranum spurium in Dorset (2013-09-11)RP1609Jonathan Cox
Dicranum spurium is a Vulnerable and Nationally Scarce Section 41 moss that has only been recorded once in Dorset since 2000. The project will determine the locations and abundance of the species by survey and data review, and identify threats and habitat management requirements.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £1,998.00
A review and survey of the near-endemic Section 41 bryophyte Ditrichum plumbicola (2013-09-11)RP1610Jonathan Cox
An England-wide review of the near-endemic and declining Section 41 moss Ditrichum plumbicola, including baseline survey of all sites in south-west England, assessment of threats and habitat requirements, and the development of monitoring methods.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £2,500.00
Survey and assessment of the Nationally Rare Section 41 bryophyte Zygodon forsteri (2013-09-01)RP1611Jonathan Cox
A survey of the Nationally Rare and Vulnerable Section 41 moss Zygodon forsteri in the New Forest, including an assessment of the threats and habitat requirements, and recommendations for management and monitoring methods.
Survey and assessment of the Nationally Rare and Endangered bryophyte Zygodon gracilis (2013-09-01)RP1612Jonathan Cox
A survey of all historic sites and monitoring of the Nationally Rare and Endangered Section 41 moss Zygodon gracilis, including an assessment of the management requirements and the identification of donor and receptor sites for possible future translocations.
The Lizard Section 41 Bryophytes Survey and Conservation (2013-09-01)RP1618Jonathan Cox
The Lizard is one of the most important areas in England for uncommon and threatened bryophytes, containing seven Section 41 species. This project will determine the current and past locations of each of these species, and determine and describe site-specific management measures to maintain, enhance and restore populations. In addition key local conservation staff will be trained regarding the identification, ecology and habitat requirements of the species.
DNA barcoding of the Section 41 suite of Fungi (2013-04-01)RP1692Jonathan Cox
Project to clarify the taxonomy of Section 41 Fungi of conservation concern, and thus increase the effectiveness of fungi conservation. DNA barcoding sequencing will be attempted for a minimum of 300 specimens.
Widespread but rapidly declining moths in England (2014-02-01 - 2016-03-31)RP1848Jon Curson
There are a large suite of S41 moths (about 70 species in total) that, although still fairly common and widespread, have shown declines of between 50 and 99% over the past 30 years (data from the UK moth light trap network, run by Rothamsted research station). The reasons for the decline of these species is not known and therefore research is required into the possible reasons before any mechanisms to aid their recovery can be implemented. This project has been established to carry out the required research.