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Action Plan:  Habitats
Farmland, Grassland and Heathland
Lowland Calcareous Grassland
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Objectives

  • Maintain the existing important areas of lowland calcareous grassland, encouraging appropriate management and promoting environmentally sensitive management of adjoining land.
  • Restore degraded areas of lowland calcareous grassland by promoting appropriate management.
  • Increase the amount of lowland calcareous grassland in appropriate areas by creation and re-creation.

Policy
  • Ensure any examples of lowland calcareous grassland that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
  • Ensure appropriate lowland calcareous grassland sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (NE)
  • Where existing quarry planning permissions threaten SSSI grasslands, seek to revoke them. (SWT)
  
Protection
  • Lowland calcareous 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
  • Environmental Stewardship provides grant aid for the management of unimproved calcareous grassland.
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of lowland calcareous grassland in appropriate areas. (DEFRA, FWAG, Mineral Companies and Developers)
  • Encourage the restoration of limestone workings to species-rich grassland using a local seed source. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Seek to ensure that all good examples of lowland calcareous grassland are appropriately managed through the uptake of agri-environment schemes. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Identify opportunities for habitat creation, giving priority to those that link existing sites. (SWT)
 
Advisory

  • Seek to ensure that all landowners are aware of any management grants which may be available for calcareous grassland e.g. Countryside Stewardship. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of calcareous grassland to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership)
 
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