Habitat Creation – Reed beds, a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority habitat, have been have been established at a number of sites to fulfil action plan targets, enhance otherwise impoverished habitats and provide planning gains to support planning application submissions.
The Black Redstart is a small robin-sized bird that has adapted to live at the centre of industrial and urban areas. It is a Schedule 1 protected species under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Fewer than 100 breeding pairs nest in the UK consequently the black redstart is on the amber list of Birds of Conservation Concern.
Fen are a unique and once typical habitat of Cambridgeshire. Wicken Fen is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserve the first areas being acquired by the National Trust in May 1899. The nature of the Fen has been shaped by topography, hydrology, and in particular, by centuries of use by man. The wetland has played an important role in the social and economic life of the area. As a result 29 species of mammal, over 200 species of birds, 1000 species of moth and butterfly, 1000 species of beetle, approaching 2000 species of fly and 25 species of dragonfly have been recorded from the Fen. The Fen therefore is a refuge for a very large number of UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. As a consequence the Fen is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a Ramsar site.
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