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Managing for Grassland Species

Find links on this page related to management for different species.

Plants

Plantlife’s website has a large number of species accounts in addition to those mentioned below where there is specific management information available:

Fungi

Insects

Below are some general links on managing grassland for insects and the following pages feature species that require specific management. For general information on invertebrates also see Buglife’s  and Suffolk Wildlife Trust's websites:

Pollinators are also a focus with advice leaflets focussing on the threats and management for this group of invertebrates:

In addition, the Bees' Needs Wildlife Trust website focuses on farmland pollinators.

Beetles

Bees

Out in the meadows and grasslands there are far more species of bee than most people realise.  24 species of bumblebee and over 200 species of solitary bee are found in the UK.  Much of the grassland restoration work taking place through Magnifcent Meadows will improve habitats for bees.

General habitat management for wild bees can be found on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and in the information below:

Butterflies

There are several general habitat management publications for butterflies, and more specific advice regarding rare and declining species. Butterfly Conservation also has general information on butterflies in addition to the information below:

 

 

 

Flies

Moths

There are several general habitat management publications for moths, and more specific advice regarding rare and declining species. Butterfly Conservation also has general information on moths in addition to the information below:

 

  • Habitat management for moths (Breckland) (Butterfly Conservation)
  • Habitat management for narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth (Scotland) (Butterfly Conservation)
  • Habitat management for argent and sable (Scotland) (Butterfly Conservation)
  • Habitat management for burnet and forester moths (Scotland) (Butterfly Conservation)

 

Birds

There are several general habitat management publications about birds, and more specific advice regarding rare and declining species. The RSPB’s website has additional species accounts for birds in addition to the information below:

 

  • Grassland management for birds in Wales (English) (RSPB)
  • Managing horse pastures for birds in the Peak District (RSPB)

 

Reptiles

Creating the right conditions for reptiles can be quite specific and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust have produced a Reptile Habitat Management Handbook. Other management information includes: