UK Lead Organisation:
County Lead Organisation:
- Maintain all existing populations within the County.
- Enhance the current population of the hybrid bilberry within the County on sites where it is known to be present.
- Ensure any examples of sites containing populations of this species and that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee)
- Heathland areas within Cannock Chase and surrounding sites are being managed to conserve the nature conservation features of these areas.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
- In areas where the hybrid occurs, ensure that scrub, trees, bracken and dense areas of heather are controlled to reduce competition (SWMHP)
Promote the creation and recreation of heathland adjacent to areas of fragmented heath where hybrid bilberry is known to be present. (SWMHP)
Seek to re-introduce controlled grazing on Cannock Chase and other appropriate sites. (SWMHP, SCC)
Seek to keep a similar level of disturbance along heathland footpaths where this species is known to persist. (Landowner)
Seek to ensure that developing woodland and plantations containing viable populations of hybrid bilberry are not adversely managed. (FE and other Landowners)
- Ongoing monitoring of known sites on Cannock Chase and Hednesford Hills is undertaken by Staffordshire County Council and Cannock Chase Council respectively.
Cuttings of hybrid bilberry (taken from local provenance) have been established in new areas on sites where it is known to occur.
- Advise on heathland management and restoration. (SWMHP)
- Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of heathland to the public and landowners. (SWMHP)
- Ensure that all the relevant organisations and agencies are aware of all known populations. (SWT)