Priority Habitats

UK BAP priority habitats are...

particularly important for nature conservation in the UK and provide the focus of the 1994 UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).

Soon after the UK BAP was published, 45 UK Habitat Action Plans were developed in quick succession, reflecting a need for immediate action to enhance and restore the condition of these habitats for biodiversity.

Local biodiversity partnerships - like the Kent Biodiversity Partnership - are now set up in counties across the UK to take forward action to conserve these habitats at a local level. Kent is home to 24 UK BAP priority habitats which are now grouped into 19 Habitat Action Plans (HAPs) produced by the Kent Biodiversity Partnership.

Each HAP sets out the steps needed to secure a healthy future for the habitat and for the wildlife that depends on the habitat for their survival. They provide up-to-date information on:

  • the state of the habitat;
  • the positive and negative factors affecting the habitat;
  • the current action taking place to conserve the habitat;
  • the objectives of the plan; and
  • the details of the lead partner organisation and working group members involved.

To view the 2009 Kent Habitat Action Plan revised Targets, click here. We are in the process of updating the list below by merging some of the priority habitats, e.g.: Costal saltmarsh, Mudflats and Seagrass beds are now part of the new Intertidal Sediment HAP for which we have a set of new targets. We are also planning to incorporate all the HAPs into the new Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAs) to encourage more work at landscape scale.