Priority species and habitats

The full list of Suffolk's Priority Species can be downloaded here

Coral Tooth Arthur Rivett
Coral Tooth Fungus - Arthur Rivett

To see the Priority species and habitats in photographs, visit Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service on Pinterest.

If you'd like to find out more about which Priority species are associated with Priority habitats please visit Priority Habitats Gateway 

A suite of fact sheets for Priority Habitats and Species are being developed, some of which are available through the species and habitat list tables (see right sidebar links). If there is an existing Biodiversity Action Plan, it can be downloaded from the 'Archived Action Plan' column. Please note that these may be out of date, but are made available as they still contain useful information. For Species, links are given to other organisations' fact sheets if appropriate.


Update August 2016

Earthstar Geastrum minimum
Earthstar - Geastrum minimum

  • There is no longer a UK BAP; this has been replaced by the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework (2012). The England Biodiversity Strategy has been replaced by Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services (2011). However, the BAP is still enshrined in law through the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 and in planning policy through the National Planning Policy Framework and National Policy Statements. 
  • Factsheets : a series of factsheets are being developed for Priority Habitats and Species. See the Species and Habitat Lists (see left menu) to find out more. 
  • New Priority Species for Suffolk. The Polecat became a Priority species following several records in the summer of 2014 and the Tiny Earthstar Geastrum minimum was found at Sizewell in November 2014. 
  • The Suffolk Planning Biodiversity Action Plan (2012) is available here. This was developed by the Suffolk Biodiversity Planning Group and aims to help Local Authority and other planning departments to meet their legal obligations towards biodiversity. 
  • Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk has a White-clawed Crayfish strategy to help conserve populations, create ‘ark sites’ and provide education about the species. See the strategy here.