Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) are important strategic documents which identify the actions necessary to create or improve priority habitats or encourage the spread of key species. Two such plans exist which, when taken together, cover our entire LDN LNP area.
Each Biodiversity Action Plan gives a summary of its area and identifies the priority conservation actions, opportunities or targets which partners need to work towards if we are ever to halt the ongoing losses to habitats and species. Produced independently, each Biodiversity Action Plan had significant input and buy-in from a large number of conservation partners such a wildlife trusts, government agencies, local authorities and community environment groups. Both Plans were prepared prior to the Local Nature Partnership coming into being. However, the LDN LNP endorses both these documents, each of which is intended to guide ecologists, conservationists, local planners and organisations seeking (or granting) funding for environmental improvements to ensure that the most appropriate actions are taken in the most appropriate areas in the years ahead.
In Lowland Derbyshire a landscape-scale approach has been taken by its biodiversity action plans. This provides helpful guidance as to which habitats and actions are best suited to each of the eight very different landscape character types (termed Action Areas) that occur there.
In contrast, Nottinghamshire has taken a more habitat-focussed approach, but has recently also been preparing detailed ‘Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping’ for some of its District council areas. These have involved significant local community input to identify specific ‘on-the-ground’ actions (virtually at a field-by-field level) which, if put into effect, would create the greatest ecological benefit by linking or extending existing sites and wildlife corridors.