This report will describe for the first time the plant and animal diversity to be found upon the heaths across all species groups. Based on an analysis of over 18,000 records the report will provide details on over 3,000 species, along with their conservation designations. The diversity of certain groups is well understood. These include plants (636 species), birds (148 species), butterflies (50 species), dragonflies and damselflies (26 species), mammals (27 species) and reptile and amphibians (10 species). However, many broad groups of invertebrates remain understudied, including Coleoptera (243 species recorded) and Hymenoptera (94 species recorded). Of all species recorded, 11% have conservation designations, including 93 of principal importance.
The report will be published in the next few weeks and will be available for download from this website. We hope it will serve to highlight the conservation significance of the heaths and help focus management activity to conserve them.
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