Biodiversity Action Plan
UK BAP/Section 41 Species
identified as Local Priority Species
In addition to the Schedule 1 priority species listed above, the following Schedule 1 birds breed or have bred recently in Barnsley:
Bearded Tit (Green), Cetti’s Warbler (Green), Garganey (Amber), Goshawk (Green), Hobby (Green), Mediterranean Gull (Amber), Peregrine (Green), Marsh Harrier (Amber), Quail (Amber).
Sites that are a local priority for conservation include sites with a breeding population of a Schedule 1 species as well as any sites that support a significant proportion of the breeding population of 2 or more of the Priority Species (listed in the table above) or an assemblage of 10 or more birds with at least 1 Priority Species.
Sites may also be a priority for conservation if they regularly support significant wintering populations or assemblages.
Red List Species
Amber List Species
Other species on Amber List identified as Local Priority
UKBAP / Section 41 Species on Amber List
Avocet -Schedule 1
Grey Wagtail (2021)
Pied flycatcher (2021)
Short-eared Owl (SPA)
All breeding in Barnsley (7)
Bittern*(2015) -Schedule 1
Notes: *Included in previous Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plans as Local Priority Species.
Species in bold: At greatest risk of being lost as a Barnsley breeding bird. Others in danger of decline.
National priority species: listed in UKBAP 2007, superceded by Section 41 list of Species of Principal importance.
Red, Amber, Green as listed in Birds of Conservation Concern November 2021 (BoCC5)
Schedule 1. Breeding birds with extra protection for their nests and young under Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.
SPA . Breeding bird species for which Special Protection Area designated.
Other Local Priority Species
Local Priority Species total 48,
including 27 national priority species
Local Priority Species in Barnsley
UK BAP / Section 41 Species on Red List
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Ring Ouzel (2015)
House Martin (2021)
Merlin (2015) - Schedule 1 (SPA)
Mistle Thrush (2015)
Ringed Plover (2015)
All breeding in Barnsley(10)
Prior to 2021 Greenfinch was on green list and House Martin and Swift on amber list. All others prior to 2015 on amber list.
Total number of red listed birds breeding in Barnsley: 30
Curlew and Ring Ouzel prior to 2015 on amber list.
All breeding in Barnsley (20) although Hawfinch may be lost
Other species on Red List identified as Local Priority
Green List Species
Barn Owl* -Schedule 1
Golden Plover (SPA)
Kingfisher -Schedule 1,
Little Ringed Plover*
Other species on Green List identified as Local Priority
Bittern and Nightjar prior to 2015 on red list
All breeding in Barnsley (6)
Pied Flycatcher prior to 2021 on red list; Grey Wagtail red in 2015
Total number of amber listed Local Priority birds : 13
National priority species total: 27
UKBAP / Section 41 Species on Green List
Red Grouse, prior to 2021 on amber list
All breeding in Barnsley (4); Kingfisher prior to 2021 on Amber List. Total number of green listed Local Priority bird species: 5