Amber List Species

Barnsley Biodiversity Trust: Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. Last Updated January 2016. Minor amendments August 2017


Short-eared Owl?



Willow warbler

National Priority Species
- UK BAP / Section 41 list

Other species on Amber List  identified as Local Priority

National Priority Species on Amber List

Avocet -Schedule 1

Common tern

House martin
Kingfisher -Schedule 1


Bittern*(2015) -Schedule 1



Nightjar (2015)

Red Grouse

Reed Bunting.

Bittern and Nightjar prior to 2015 on red list

All breeding in Barnsley (6)

All breeding in Barnsley (10

Notes: *Included in previous Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plans as Local Priority Species.

National priority species: listed in UKBAP 2007 and now superceded by the Section 41 list of species of principal importance.

Schedule 1.  Specific breeding birds with additional protection for  their young and their nests under Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

Red, Amber, Green listed in Birds of Conservation Concern November 2015 (BoCC4).

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Other Local Priority Species

List of Local Priority Bird Species in Barnsley - all breeding in Barnsley

Red List Species

National Priority Species on Red List


Curlew (2015)

Grey Partridge*

Grasshopper Warbler

House Sparrow


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Redpoll


Ring Ouzel (2015)


Spotted Flycatcher


Song Thrush*

Tree Pipit

Tree Sparrow*

Willow Tit

Wood Warbler


Yellow Wagtail.

Grey wagtail (2015)

Merlin (2015) - Schedule 1

Mistle thrush (2015)

Pied flycatcher (2015)

Pochard (2015)

Ringed Plover (2015)

Whinchat (2015)

Woodcock (2015)

All prior to 2015 on amber list.

All breeding in Barnsley(8)

Total number of red list birds breeding in Barnsley. 28

Curlew and Ring Ouzel prior to 2015 on amber list.

All breeding in Barnsley. (20)

Other species on Red List

Green List Species

Barn Owl* -Schedule 1

Little Ringed Plover* -Schedule 1

Breeding in Barnsley (2)

Other species on Green List identified as Local Priority

National UKBAP/Section 41 priority species total: 26

Local priority species total 46

Bird species. In common with the rest of the country, many bird species have severely declined in numbers in Barnsley, Corn Bunting and Twite to the extent that they have not recently bred here.

The priority bird species for conservation in Barnsley are those identified as national priorities, including those on the BoCC Red List, and in addition those of local interest and concern.

Our focus is the birds that breed in Barnsley or overwinter here rather than any occasional visitors or birds that are simply on passage through Barnsley.

Both national priority species and classification as red, amber or green are based on decline in numbers and not rarity. This is why common and widespread species such House Sparrows and Starlings are included.

Bird species of conservation concern breeding in Barnsley include:

Farmland: Lapwing, Linnet, Grey Partridge, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer …

Woodland:  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Tit …

Upland: Curlew, Merlin, Ring Ouzel …

Wetland and riverine: Bittern, Lapwing, Reed Bunting …

Widespread: House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Starling …

We should not forget that there has been some success with declining species, for example with Bittern now breeding in the Dearne Valley, and that some species that have declined severely across England like Willow Tit have a stronghold in Barnsley.

Where possible positive action should be taken to halt decline and to maintain or increase the numbers of local priority species, by protecting and enhancing the places and habitats where they may breed, feed or shelter.

Conservation should not be limited to these bird species. Sites with assemblages of bird species - including those currently not under threat - are important aspects of biodiversity.

Local Priority Bird Species

26 priority [UKBAP (2007) and Section 41 (2010)] bird species are found in Barnsley.

Although most of these [20] are included in the Red List (2015) as birds of the highest conservation concern, some are amber listed.

An additional eight red-listed birds also breed in Barnsley.

All national priority and red listed species present in Barnsley [34] are a local priority.

To these local priority species we have added ten amber listed and two green listed bird species that are of local interest and concern.

This brings the total of local priority species up to 46.

We have also taken note of species listed in Schedule 1 of the Countryside and Wildlife Act.

A table showing all of the Local Priority Bird Species follows.

Conservation actions should not be limited to these species.

Biodiversity may be enhanced by rare bird species breeding locally or new bird species expanding their range into Barnsley.

There are other bird species that have suffered declines in numbers albeit to a lesser extent.

At least 30 birds on the UK Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCC) Red List due to the severity of their decline, breed or over-winter in Barnsley.

Ten of these birds were added to the Red List in 2015 because of their recent decline.

State of the UK’s Birds
published annually since 2000 by BTO, RSPB and other bodies.

Birds of Conservation Concern 2015
previously published in 2009