Lists of species and habitat of 'principal importance' have been drawn up across the UK's devolved adminstrations. The lists are a requirement under the 'duty to conserve biodiversity' placed on public authorities under section 41 in England and section s42 in Wales of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities(NERC) Act 2006, Section 2(4) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, and Section 3(1) of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. The resultant lists include species and habitats of 'principal importance' in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Scottish Biodiversity List (in Scotland). Further detail: Northern Ireland Priority Species
Available MarLIN information on Northern Ireland Priority Species is listed below, based on the JNCC Taxon designation list 2014.