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SBI Guidelines: Plants

Vascular Plants

Sites of Biological Importance

  • Any sites that support an established population of a species considered to be classed as Uncommon, Rare or Very Rare (and neither neophyte nor casual) in the Hawksford's (2014) checklist[1].
  • All sites supporting populations of species having 5% or more of their national distribution in the county.
  • Any sites which support an established breeding population of vascular plants which is specifically protected under the Habitats Directive and/or listed in Schedule 8 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended)[2]. The species must be non-synanthropic and not introduced.

Non-vascular Plants

Including Stoneworts, Algae, Lichens, Mosses and Liverworts.

Sites of Biological Importance

  • Any sites which support an established population of non-vascular plants which is specifically protected under the Habitats Directive and/or listed in Schedule 8 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
  • Any sites that support an established population of a species considered to be classed as Nationally Scarce. The species must be non-synanthropic and not introduced.

Fungi

Sites of Biological Importance

  • Any sites which support an established population of fungi which is specifically protected under the Habitats Directive and/or listed in Schedule 8 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
  • Any sites that support an established population of a species considered to be classed as Nationally Scarce. The species must be non-synanthropic and not introduced.

References

  1. Hawksford, J.E. (2014) Staffordshire Checklist 2014 Botanical Society of the British Isles available from BSBI web-site
  2. Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) Schedule 8 - Plants which are Protected available from http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/PDF/waca1981_schedule8.pdf or the full document at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/69
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