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Action Plan:  Habitats
Farmland, Grassland and Heathland
Lowland Wet Grassland
UK Lead Organisation:
Natural England (Coastal and Floodplain Grazing Marsh)

County Lead Organisation:
N/A
 
 
Objectives
  • Maintain the existing important areas of lowland wet grassland by encouraging appropriate management.
  • Restore degraded areas of lowland wet grassland by promoting appropriate management.
  • Increase the amount of lowland wet grassland in appropriate areas by creation and re-creation.

Policy
  • Ensure any examples of lowland wet grassland that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
  • Ensure appropriate lowland wet grassland sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (NE)
  • Promote the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems in all new development from 2001. (SBAP Partnership)
 
Protection
  • Lowland wet grassland has been listed as a costed Key Habitat in the UK Steering Group report.
  • A number of sites containing unimproved lowland wet grassland have been notified as SSSIs.
  • A number of sites containing unimproved lowland wet grassland have been classified as Grade 1 SBIs.
 
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of lowland wet grassland in appropriate areas. (DEFRA, FWAG, Mineral Companies, SWMHP, Developers, FoM, TNF, Landowners)
  • Seek to target all remaining lowland wet grassland for grant aid, such as Environmental Stewardship. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Seek restoration / creation of grassland at a strategic level through restoration of gravel pits along the Trent and Tame corridors. (CRP)
  • Identify four hydrological units in excess of ten hectares for restoration. (Minerals Companies)
  • Seek to reinstate 'natural washlands' through flood storage. (EA, IDB)
  • Ensure that flood defence schemes are undertaken in an ecologically sensitive manner. (EA, IDB)
  • Identify opportunities for habitat creation, giving priority to those that link existing sites. (SWT)
  • Ensure water level management plans are produced for all lowland wet grassland SSSIs. (NE, IDB) 
 
Advisory
  • Ensure that all landowners are aware of any management grants available for lowland wet grassland. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of lowland wet grassland to children, the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership)
 
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