Barnsley Biodiversity Trust: Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. Last Updated October 2018

Conservation. Species-rich Neutral Grassland sites in Barnsley are small in area, localised and fragmented; with many lost or declining in condition: Neutral Grassland is a priority for conservation.

Factors causing loss or decline

Legal protection

In Barnsley there are some neutral grassland sites given legal protection by designation as SSSIs.

Other grassland sites in Barnsley are in areas designated as Local Wildlife Sites and therefore there is a presumption against development or change of use when planning consent is required.

Specific wildlife species found in grassland habitats are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This includes intentionally or recklessly disturbing birds at, on or near an ‘active’ nest. 

Defra Ecological Impact Assessments apply to species rich grasslands.

Any older grassland with a range of native flowers should be managed in traditional low-intensity ways.

Links for advice and information

Floralocale: grassland management and restoration

Magnificent meadows information+guidance

RSPB: Grazing grassland

RSPB: Hay meadows

RSPB: Grassland management for birds

Buglife: Grassland management

Buglife: Community meadows

NE: Assessing grassland priority habitat

NE: Grassland management handbook

NE: Horses & grassland management

Good management practice for biodiversity:

Maintaining or returning to traditional low-intensity farming of semi-natural unimproved or semi-improved grassland.

In addition