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





Certain individual priority plant species, identified as of principal importance, have been recorded in Barnsley. Others on the S41 list may exist in Barnsley but may not yet have been recorded.

Plants which are specially protected in England and Wales

It should be noted that it is unlawful to uproot any wild plant without permission from the landowner or occupier.

In addition, Schedule 8 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, which is revised every five years, provides a list of endangered and protected plants.

Under the 1981 Act, it is unlawful to intentional pick, uproot or destroy the wild plant or any seed or spore attached to the wild plant.

In any proceedings the plant will be deemed to be wild unless the contrary is shown.

In Barnsley two plants protected under Schedule 8 are English Bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta and Greater Yellow-rattle Rhinanthus angustifolius.

For some plants listed in the Schedule, the offence is only to sell, advertise for sale, etc. any live or dead wild plant or anything derived from such a plant. This applies to English Bluebell.

Strapwort (Corrigiola litoralis) and Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), both Schedule 8 protected plants, have been recorded in Barnsley. Both however are early colonisers and are easily lost as sites mature or are developed. They are also on the S41 list of species of principal importance.