Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan
We recognise the importance of biodiversity action plans (BAPs) as a way to direct effort to halt the ongoing losses of species and habitats across the country.
There are two biodiversity action plans covering Derbyshire.
- Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-2020
- Peak District Biodiversity Action Plan.
The Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan was prepared by a partnership of over 90 organisations which includes local authorities, environmental groups and statutory agencies. It is a core document which takes a landscape character-based approach to listing UK priority habitats and species. It sets priorities for action and gives specific targets to focus effort towards halting the loss of biodiversity across our area.
What the BAP is for
The Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan provides local information on which UK priority habitats and species are present across our county, excluding the Peak District. It provides guidance and sets targets for actions to create, link or manage those priority habitats most appropriate to each different landscape character area. Each of these eight so-called 'action areas' in lowland Derbyshire has its own 'area action plan', with additional over-arching actions described within a 'generic plan'.
The Lowland Derbyshire BAP is an important strategic document. It should be referred to by ecologists, planners, conservationists, grant-giving bodies, and by all those seeking funding for conservation projects, or who are planning environmental improvements or mitigation as part of a planning application. Demonstrating that a proposed action fits in with locally-defined biodiversity action plan priorities and targets is an important requirement that local authority planning departments, as well as grant-awarding bodies, expect to see.
Derby City, Chesterfield, Erewash, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover have all had individual 'greenprints' which distilled BAP priorities for those districts. Most were produced prior to 2010, so may now be somewhat out-of-date. For further information, contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
Together with the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Plan, the Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan provides guidance on the most relevant and appropriate improvements to UK Priority Habitats and Species across the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership (LDN LNP) area.
The current Biodiversity Action Plan for Lowland Derbyshire sets out actions and targets for the period 2011-2020. Even though the Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Partnership does not currently have the resources to provide detailed monitoring of every environmental improvement made across Lowland Derbyshire, it believes the overall principles and priorities laid out within the current LBAP will remain valid, moving forward beyond 2020.
The LBAP document should therefore be regarded by local authorities and the Local Nature Partnership as a key document well beyond 2020, and should remain in effect until such time as a further update or replacement is published.
What BAPs don't tell us
BAPs don't tell us everything about protecting our environment. Local biodiversity action plans (LBAPs) only highlight what UK priority species and habitats are present in an area, and set priorities and goals for enhancing them. They do not highlight the presence of EU protected species, scheduled species, statutory and non-statutory designated sites or the presence of nationally or locally designated Red Data List species.
Between 2004 and 2016, members of the Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Partnership funded the post of a project officer to develop and promote its Biodiversity Action Plan. More recently, it also supported the creation and development of the Local Nature Partnership. Unfortunately, by 2017 these various contributions were no longer available and the Biodiversity Partnership currently has no coordinator in place.
For queries relating to county ecology, please see our information on ecology, geology and biodiversity.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (opens in a new window) also hold information on local wildlife sites, UK priority habitats and species, as well as biological records.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) 2011-2020 (13416KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Contents (574KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Foreword (467KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Quick start guide (522KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Introduction (1636KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Generic action plan (950KB)
- LBAP Lowland Derbyshire action areas (839KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Magnesian limestone area action plan with priority habitat map (5452KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Rother and Doe Lea Valleys area action plan with priority habitat map (4155KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Peak Fringe area action plan with priority habitat map (4679KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Erewash Valley area action plan with priority habitat map (4379KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Claylands area action plan with priority habitat map (4339KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Derby area action plan with priority habitat map (3878KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Trent and Dove Valleys area action plan with priority habitat map (4514KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 National Forest area action plan with priority habitat map (3750KB)
- LBAP Habitat targets 2011-2020 (555KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Farmland habitats background information (1343KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Grassland habitats background information (2354KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Heathland habitats background information (935KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Wetland habitats background information (2150KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Woodland habitats background information (2001KB)
- LBAP 2011-2020 Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Partnership (534KB)
- User guide for planners (592KB)
- User guide for schools and learners (2560KB)
- Crayfish background information for Species Action Plan 2007 (157KB)
- Oak Polypore Species Action Plan 2005-2010 (72KB)
- Water Vole Species Action Plan 2005-2010 (199KB)
Also on our website
- Biodiversity Action in Schools Project
- Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service
- Landscape character
Information on other websites
- Peak District Biodiversity Action Plan (opens in a new window)
- Derbyshire Biodiversity (opens in a new window)
- Derbyshire Biodiversity archived version (archived at October 2016, including past newsletters and conference reports) (opens in a new window)
- Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership (opens in a new window)
- National Forest Biodiversity Action Plan 2004-2010 (opens in a new window)
- UK Biodiversity Action Plan (opens in a new window)
- UK Priority Habitats and Species (opens in a new window)