Devon County Council, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC) and Devon species experts (see below) formed a Devon Species Steering Group and began work on an update of the Devon Biodiversity Action Plan’s priority species lists. This work has resulted in a long list of 1,600 species known to be rare in Devon and a short list of 96 species for which Devon has a particular responsibility.


Long list (Devon Priority Species) 

See the list in full and find out more about how this list was put together


Short list (Devon Special Species) 

See an overview of the 96 species and find out more about how this list was put together


Background information about both lists 


Devon Special Species Launch event 

Look back at the fantastic talks from the event


Please share species stories and ideas on social media using #DevonSpecialSpecies  @Devon_LNP

HUGE thanks to the following (* indicates a Devon Species Steering Group member):

*Andrew Whitehouse (invertebrates), Andy Byfield (flowering plants), Barbara Benfield (lichens), *Barry Henwood (moths and butterflies), *Bob Heckford (moths), *Dave Smallshire (dragonflies and damselflies), David Farley (fungi), Fiona Mathews (mammals), Gavin Bloomfield (birds), Helene Jessop (birds), *Jeremy Ison (flowering plants), *John Walters (beetles, bees and wasps & LOGO), Keith Alexander (true bugs, beetles and fungi), Keith Hiscock (marine life), *Kevin Rylands (birds), Martin Drake (true flies), Martin Luff (beetles), Matt Prince (spiders and harvestmen), Michel Hughes (non-marine molluscs), Mike Holland (fish), Patrick Saunders (bees and wasps), Richard Fox (moths and butterflies), *Robert Wolton (true flies), Roger Bristow (butterflies), *Stephen Carroll (bees, wasps and ants), *Ellie Knott (DBRC), Tom Whitlock (DCC), Max Anderson (DCC), *Pete Burgess (DWT), *Matt Cowley (EAD), Ian Egerton (DBRC), *Richard Knott (DNPA) and *Sarah Jennings (DCC and Chair/Project Lead).

Contact: Sarah.Jennings@devon.gov.uk