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Find a BAP species near you

Pond created on an aggregate site for BAP species

David Orchard

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) lists the threatened plants and animals that are a priority for conservation action in the UK. Over 100 of these BAP species are found in or around ponds.

The BAP Species Map helps you to find out which pond-associated BAP species occur in your area. It also gives summary information about the habitat needs of each species.

The BAP Species Map was originally created with funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, in order to help the minerals industry create ponds for BAP plants and animals. However, the web tool can be used in many other ways to help conserve BAP species and create high quality pond habitats.

We hope that using the BAP Species Map will encourage everyone to help protect the special pond plants and animals in their area. You could do this by:

  • Creating new clean water ponds which meet the specific needs of BAP species (see also the Million Ponds Project).
  • Helping to protect existing sites where the species already occur.
  • Looking out for new sites in the neighbourhood of where these species are found.

How to use the BAP species map

Click the page-top tabs above to use the web tool in one of three ways:

Site View

A map showing which BAP species occur near you.

  • Move around the map to find the location you're interested in.
  • Using the 1km or 5km site query tool click anywhere on the map to see a list of pond-associated BAP species in your area.
  • Click on a species name to find out more information, including pond creation advice.
  • Use the mineral sites layer to match pond associated BAP species to mineral sites in the same area.

Minerals View

Find out which BAP species occur near a chosen mineral site (covers England only).

  • This displays a list of pond-associated BAP species within 1km and 5km of each mineral site.
  • Mineral sites can be selected and queried either by clicking the corresponding row of the table or
  • By navigating the map and then clicking on the mineral site of interest.

Species View

Habitat and pond creation advice for each BAP species.

  • Click on a species name to see a distribution map for each pond-associated BAP species.
  • View the species information below the table to find out more about each BAP species including pond creation advice.
  • Find out which mineral sites occur in close proximity to each species in England.

Which BAP species could I attract to my site?

Many BAP species have very specific habitat requirements, a restricted area over which they occur or limited powers of dispersal. So if you are creating new ponds for BAP species it is important to find out what they need and the ways in which they spread and colonise new sites.

Some BAP species will need to occur in close proximity to your site if they are to colonise - perhaps even the same grazing unit.

So once you've identified which BAP species you might be able to help, do get further advice either from our species dossiers and/or from species experts. We have provided links to national organisations where appropriate in the Species Information sections of this website.

To find out how the data for the BAP Species Map were obtained click here.

Related links


This project is supported by Natural England through DEFRA's Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.

Natural England

Nature After Minerals
We are working in conjunction with the RSPB. Their Nature After Minerals project provides resources and advice for the creation of freshwater and terrestrial BAP priority habitats on mineral sites.

British Aggregates Association

Mineral Products Association

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