Biodiversity Action Plans
Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs) have been developed for
a large part of the UK. Northern Ireland has its own biodiversity
strategy that reflects priorities for the wildlife and habitats
considered rare and vulnerable there. They are the mechanism through
which the UK BAP is being translated into action on the ground.
Around 160 Local Action Plans are in preparation or being implemented
across Great Britain. Their primary purpose is to focus resources,
by means of local partnerships, to implement conservation action
for the priority habitats, species and locally important wildlife
and sites. The content of the LBAPs are informed and guided by national
targets so that their implementation is firmly linked to national
priorities. However, the plans seek to reflect the values of local
people and provide a focus for local initiatives.
It is important that any biodiversity initiatives in your Company
BAP- and site BAPs in particular - fit within the framework of your
local BAP. This will ensure that resources are not duplicated and
will maximise the value of your Company's contribution to achieving
the UK's targets on biodiversity. By collaborating with your local
LBAP partnership you may be able to harness the ecological expertise
of local conservation volunteers and co-operate on publicity and
stakeholder initiatives of mutual benefit.
Information on the co-ordinating officer and local partners for
your area can be found by clicking on the map in the UK Biodiversity
site by region and linking through to the details for your area.
To access the LBAP map, click here.
Photo Credit: Peter Wakely/ English Nature