|UK Lead Organisation:
County Lead Organisation:
- To maintain the current existing populations within Staffordshire.
- To increase the population within Staffordshire at sites where they are known to exist.
- Include specific targets for the restoration and recreation of lowland wet grassland, wet woodland, pools and rivers within the LEAP process. (EA)
- When developing Capital Flood Defence Schemes, consider the use of flood plain grassland as natural flood storage and seek to re-designate as 'washland'. (EA)
- Ensure any examples of sites containing populations of this species and that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee)
- Under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the grass snake is protected from intentional killing or injury, and from sale of any live or dead specimens.
- The Berne Convention lists the grass snake under Appendix III.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
- Seek to encourage landowners to appropriately manage sites important for grass snakes. (SWT)
- Ensure effective management agreements, covering agricultural practices and water level management, are in place on all SSSIs which formerly, currently, or have the potential to, support grass snakes. (NE)
Seek to restore existing and future gravel pits in the Trent-Tame floodplain to wet grassland, ponds and other habitats suitable for grass snakes. (Mineral Companies, CRP)
Promote good practice (i.e. retention of vegetation piles and bare ground basking sites) and seek to enhance habitat conditions for grass snakes during routine maintenance of drainage infrastructure. (EA, Sow & Penk IDB)
Carry out management work for grass snakes in gardens and landholdings within grass snake strongholds e.g. Staffordshire Moorlands. (Landowners)