Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan

Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-2020

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 Most were produced prior to 2010, so may now be somewhat out-of-date.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.

After 2020

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.

Contacts

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.

Related documents

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