Space for Nature

dragonflyCollating over 18,000 species records from across the Pebblebd Heaths, the report reveals that the area supports over 3,000 species, of which 11% have high conservation value and are amongst England's rarest and most threatened species. The list includes over 600 species of plant, 1,458 species of bird, 50 butterflies (although only 26 are generally recorded annually) and 26 species of dragonfly. Moths (518 species) and true flies (Diptera)(569 specie) are amongst the most diverse invertebrate grousp represented. After a period of peer review the report will be published and placed in the public domain this autumn. The preliminary findings further illustrate the amazing wildlife significance of this site, and how public recreation and conservation do not need to be in conflict.

The Pebblebed Heaths SSSI is generally associated with heathland and mire vegetation, with these covering 70% of the total area of the reserve. Although many some of the rarest and most threatened species are heathland specialists, a significant proportion are associated with habitat edges. This serves to highlight the importance of managing landscape scale mosaics of a  variety of habitats including woodland and grassland. Landscape scale conservation is a key driver of Biodiversity 2020, England's current strategy for wildlife and conservation.

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