The Devon Biodiversity Action Plan was published in 1998 and identified 31 key habitats and 260 key species which were the priority for conservation action.  Action plans were produced for 20 of these species.

During the development of the 2013 Devon State of Nature report it became clear that the 1998 Devon list and the UK Priority Species list were out of date.  In 2014 DCC, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC) and Devon species experts (see below) formed a Devon Species Steering Group and began work on an update.

This work has resulted in a long list of ~ 1,600 species known to be rare in Devon (our Priority Species) and a short list of 96 species for which Devon has a particular responsibility (our Special Species).

Both lists will be reviewed annually by the Steering Group.  Please send any suggestions (which must meet the criteria – see links below) to Eleanor Knott (DBRC) and Sarah Jennings (DCC) – +  Part of the purpose of this work is to ensure that species are discussed!

Further information on next steps to be added shortly.  Please share species stories and ideas on social media using #Devonspecialspecies  @Devon_LNP

 Devon’s Special Species – Short list

 Devon’s Priority Species – Long list


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).