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Action Plan:  Species
Plants and Fungi
Floating Water-plantain (Luronium natans)
UK Lead Organisation:
British Waterways

County Lead Organisation:
  • To maintain the present range.
  • To increase the overall number of sites at which the species is present and the number of plants at each site.

  • Lobby against and object to canal restoration schemes that could compromise populations of this species. (SWT and other conservation bodies) 
  • Ensure appropriate sites containing populations of this species meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (NE)
  • The Cannock Extension Canal has been notified as a SSSI in 1993 and is a proposed candidate SAC.
  • Floating water-plantain is listed on Annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive and Appendix I of the Berne Convention. It is protected under Schedule 4 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations 1994 and Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
  • Floating water-plantain has been listed as a costed, key species in the UK Steering Group Report.
  • Seek to implement appropriate management on all sites known to support populations of this species. (NE, BWB)
  • Where appropriate, seek water quality improvements in those water bodies supporting this species. (BWB, EA)
  • Where this species may have previously existed, but where it is no longer apparently present, experiment with dredging small areas of water bodies to give any remaining seed a chance to germinate. (Landowners, BWB)
  • Ensure that all the relevant organisations and agencies are aware of all known populations. (NE)
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
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