Important Plant Areas

Important Plant Areas (or IPAs) are exactly that: areas of landscape that have been identified as being of the highest botanical importance.

In 2007, Plantlife announced the establishment of 165 IPAs across the UK, areas nominated for their internationally important wild plant populations. Since then we have been actively raising awareness of these ecologically important habitats and encouraging their long-term protection and improvement through the adoption of an ‘ecosystem-based’ conservation approach.

Our IPA programme is endorsed by national conservation organisations including the RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts, and also by UK government bodies including Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales.

Our important plant areas