AONB partner organisations with biodiversity interest
The BD working group T & F group met to look at survey data. The Lancashire Botany Group have been active in the AONB for many years, and have counted and recorded sites and individuals of scarce species during this time, a fantastic resource.
Survey data (inc counts and locations) is available for a number of plant species, and the following were prioritised for action: Greater Butterfly orchid (1 known location remaining, population of 10-20 individuals); Globeflower (4-5 known locations, total population in the 100's); Juniper (3 known locations, population of 7-9 individuals).
Other species which are regularly monitored by the group include birds eye primrose, grass of Parnassus, tea leaved willow.
An assessment of the peatland restoration work still to be completed within the AONB area was undertaken as the Priority peat 2013 project, which was produced as a report in April 2014. The matrix approach allows priorities for action to be determined based on a large number of datasets and consultation with key partners. It has since been used to prioritise sites to be put into EU LIFE+ bids (2014 & 2015) and to direct EA funds to 'shovel ready' projects (eg work on Brown Syke, Abbeystead).
|Action||Targets and Timescales||Partners|
|1.2A||Re-establish an AONB Biodiversity Working Group (BD Working Group), representing key agencies, local authorities, environmental organisations||
Working Group re-established
Produce a brief annual delivery plan for Working Group