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Action Plan:  Habitats
Farmland, Grassland and Heathland
Unimproved Neutral Grassland
UK Lead Organisation:
Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) [Lowland Meadows]
DEFRA (Upland hay meadows)
 
County Lead Organisation:
N/A
 
 
Objectives
  • Maintain the existing important areas of unimproved neutral grassland, encouraging appropriate management and promoting environmentally sensitive management of adjoining land.
  • Restore degraded areas of unimproved neutral grassland by promoting appropriate management.
  • Increase the amount of unimproved neutral grassland in appropriate areas by creation and re-creation.

Policy
  • Ensure any examples of unimproved neutral grassland that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
  • Ensure appropriate unimproved neutral grassland sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (NE)
 
Protection
  • A number of unimproved grassland sites have been notified as SSSIs.
  • A number of unimproved grassland sites have been classified as Grade 1 SBIs.

 

Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of unimproved neutral grassland in appropriate areas. (DEFRA, FWAG, Mineral Companies, Developers, FoM, TNF and Landowners)
  • Ensure that no inappropriate tree planting occurs in unimproved neutral grassland. (FC)
  • Seek to ensure that all good examples of unimproved neutral grassland are appropriately managed through the uptake of agri-environment schemes. (DEFRA, FWAG, TNF)
  • Identify opportunities for habitat creation, giving priority to those that link existing sites. (SWT)
  • Environmental Stewardship provides grant aid for the management of unimproved grassland sites.
 
Advisory
  • Ensure that all landowners are aware of any management grants which may be available for neutral grassland e.g. Environmental Stewardship. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of unimproved neutral grassland to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership)
 
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