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Action Plan:  Habitats
Farmland, Grassland and Heathland
Lowland Acid Grassland
UK Lead Organisation:
County Lead Organisation:
  • Maintain the existing important areas of acidic grassland, encouraging appropriate management and promoting environmentally sensitive management of adjoining land.
  • Restore degraded areas of acidic grassland by promoting appropriate management.
  • Increase the amount of acidic grassland in appropriate areas by creation and re-creation.

  • Ensure any examples of lowland acid grassland that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
  • Ensure appropriate lowland acid grassland sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (EN)
  • Lowland dry acidic grassland has been listed as a costed, key habitat in the UK Steering Group Report.
  • A number of sites containing unimproved lowland acidic grassland have been notified as SSSIs.
  • A number of sites containing unimproved lowland acidic grassland have been classified as Grade 1 SBIs.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Funding for grassland management; restoration and creation are available under Environmental Stewardship.
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of lowland acid grassland in appropriate areas. (DEFRA, FWAG, Mineral Companies, SWMHP, Developers, FoM, TNF, Landowners)
  • Ensure that no tree planting occurs in unimproved acidic grassland. (FC)
  • Seek to ensure that all good examples of lowland acidic grassland are appropriately managed through the uptake of agri-environment schemes. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Attempt to control the spread of bracken on acidic grassland sites. (Landowners)
  • Identify opportunities for habitat creation, giving priority to those that link existing sites. (SWT)
  • Create acidic grassland buffer zones, where necessary, around heathland sites. (SWMHP)
  • Identify prime areas of acidic grassland within heathland sites so that these areas can be retained and enhanced. (SWMHP)
  • Seek to ensure that all landowners are aware of any management grants which may be available for acidic grassland e.g. Countryside Stewardship. (DEFRA, FWAG, EN)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of unimproved acidic grassland to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership)
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