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Ecological and distribution information on farmland habitats in Lowland Derbyshire can be found in the 'Farmland habitats in Lowland Derbyshire' document on the Lowland Derbyshire LBAP page.
The following habitats are recognised as UK and have been translated into LBAP Habitat Action Plan (HAPs).

UK BAP Priority
UK Broad habitat type
Lowland Derbyshire LBAP
Peak District LBAP
National Forest BAP
Ancient and or species-rich hedgerows
Ancient and or species-rich hedgerows HAP
Hedgerows HAP
Cereal Field margins
Field Margins HAP
Field Margins HAP

In addition hedgerows are identified as priority habitats in the Bolsover, Chesterfield and Derby Greenprints.

Hedgerow at Carsington
The following BAP species are associated with farmland habitats: 
  • Sausage Beard-moss
  • Beaked Beardless-moss
  • Flamingo Moss
  • Tower mustard
  • Cornflower
  • Red hemp-nettle
  • Pennyroyal
  • Shepherd's needle
  • Bullfinch
  • Corn bunting
  • Grey partridge
  • Linnet
  • Reed bunting
  • Skylark
  • Tree sparrow
  • Turtle dove
  • Brown hare
  • Bats
Arable field plus poppies 
In 2003 the Derby City Hedgerow Project surveyed over 1300 hedgerows in Derby. It found that about 43% of the hedgerows across the city were to be species-rich. For the survey, species-rich meant that, on average, five or more different species had to be identified in 30 metre sections of hedgerow. One hedgerow in Oakwood was identified with 20 different species along its length, the highest count of the survey.
The Chesterfield Hedgerow Project aimed to survey all the hedgerows with the Borough of Chesterfield. The project was jointly funded by DEFRA, Chesterfield Borough Council and the Lottery Awards for All. The project used the UK hedgerow survey methodology. If you are interested in helping to carry out the survey contact Trevor Taylor ( at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

In order to fulfil some of the actions in the Lowland Derbyshire Ancient and or species-rich Hedgerow HAP, the Partnership encourages local community groups or parish councils to undertake hedgerow surveys of their area or parish. Help and training is sometimes available to undertake this. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (

For landowners there are two main grants available to carry out management work on farmland habitats: 


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