Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. Post-15 BAP. Updated to 2023




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Acid grassland Sites in Barnsley.

Notable areas of unimproved or semi-improved Acid Grassland are found on the slopes of Hartcliffe Hill and the hills near Ingbirchworth and Thurlstone, on Wharncliffe Chase, Brockholes and Blackmoor common, and in pastures near Hood Green and Stainborough.

They are also found in pockets elsewhere, as field corners and banking, former colliery sites that have not been reclaimed and older bell-pits like those at Tankersley golf course.

Local Wildlife Sites:

Unimproved acid grassland

 1 Western Moors

 2 Whitley Edge

 3 Broadstone Reservoir

 4 Ingbirchworth Reservoir

 5 Royd Moor Reservoir

 7 Small Shaw & High Bank

 8 Hartcliff Hill

 9 Brock Holes

10 Hollin and Spring Woods

15 Blackmoor common

21 Falthwaite & Lowe Wood

24 Worsbrough Reservoir

25 Barnsley Canal at Wilthorpe

32 Hood Green Pastures

34 West Haigh Wood ???

41 Wharncliffe Chase and Wood

Italics:semi-improved grassland also found

Semi-improved acid grassland

 6 Scout Dyke Reservoir

22 Stainborough Park

58 Wool Greaves Meadow

Local Wildlife Sites.

Two sites were designated as Local Wildlife Sites because of their unimproved Acid Grassland - Mag Wood meadow, Hood Green pastures.

Other Local Wildlife Sites include areas of unimproved or semi-improved Acid Grassland, as indicated below.

The criteria in Barnsley for the selection of a local wildlife site on the basis of lowland dry-acid grassland are that it should be:

≥0.5ha in size and have an affinity with NVC communities U1, U2 and U4

and/or with 15 or more species from a list of 48 acid grassland indicator plants including grasses.

Such sites may also be selected on the fauna that such acid grassland supports.

Acid grassland at Wharncliffe

Acid Grassland Sites

Priority Grassland characteristics from Natural England Assessing Priority Habitat
At least two of:

SSSI. There are no SSSIs designated primarily for their Acid Grassland habitat.