- As part of the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy, the Department maintains lists of Northern Ireland Priority Habitats and Northern Ireland Priority Species which require conservation action. These are now maintained as part of the WANE Act. The list of Northern Ireland Priority Species is currently under review.
- Between 2000 and 2008, Northern Ireland Action Plans were published for most priority habitats and over 30 priority species. Some of these were updated in advance of the Department’s Environmental Farming Scheme and provide a useful source of information.
- A wide range of actions for these habitats and species continues to be undertaken, e.g. through the management of designated sites, planning regulation, agri-environment schemes and grant-aided projects, but have not been specifically designed to fully implement these action plans or any overarching Habitat and Species Action Plan.
Our library of historical Action Plans can be found under Publications, by using the search function. Although this information and advice was correct at time of publication, and may still be useful, please bear in mind aspects could be incorrect or out of date.
Northern Ireland Priority Habitat Guides
Northern Ireland Priority Habitat Classification Keys
Northern Ireland Priority Habitat Rapid Condition Assessments
Habitas – Northern Ireland Priority Species
Contact our team if further information is required.