Wildlife under threat of local extinction, including the white clawed crayfish, tiny fern-moss and high brown fritillary butterfly, is being given a fighting chance of survival thanks to the Somerset Biodiversity Partnership.
The Somerset Priority Species List has been produced by the Partnership to highlight those plants and animals most in danger of disappearing in Somerset. It will be used to protect wildlife as part of the planning process and guide conservation efforts across the county.
There are 840 species on the priority list including the brown hare, short haired bumble bee, hairy click beetle and long-eared owl. Pearl bordered fritillary butterflies are amongst the species already thought to have become extinct in Somerset in recent years.
More than 13,000 species have been recorded in the county by
Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC), part of Somerset Wildlife Trust. Based on this data, the Partnership has identified wildlife most at risk, and Action Plans have been developed to protect the main places these plants and animals can be found.
Photo taken by Chris Sperring MBE
Georgie Grant - December 2009-->