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Action Plan:  Species
Plants and Fungi
Hybrid Bilberry (Vaccinium x intermedium)
UK Lead Organisation:
N/A 

County Lead Organisation:
 
 
Objectives
  • 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.

Policy
  • Ensure any examples of sites containing populations of this species and that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
 
Protection
  • 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.
 
Advisory
  • 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)
 
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