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There has been a lot in the news recently about the threat to our planet and ecosystems, from pollution to the potential extinction of many animal and plant species. There is much that we can do at a local level to improve biodiversity, and local Biodiversity Action Plans are a mechanism for focussing resources and utilising local partnerships to conserve and enhance local biodiversity and, in combination with others, national biodiversity.
A Biodiversity Action Plan gives an overview of species and habitat in a particular area, identifies threats and sets out steps to be taken to protect and improve the area to preserve and enhance its biodiversity for the future. A BAP is a valuable way of targeting conservation at a local level.
Taking time to compile a thorough BAP shows a commitment to good environmental practice and to conserving the natural world. It can also yield many opportunities for community involvement, through volunteering and educational opportunities, which may also have additional benefits for participants’ physical and mental health.
A BAP is the result of a detailed analysis of the area and its local habitat, consultation with local stakeholders, and resource constraints. While an ad hoc approach can yield some beneficial results, a properly structured and plan will incorporate knowledge from all stakeholders – ranging from Biodiversity experts to local parks users – drawing this expertise together to create a structured action plan with realistic, measurable goals and actions to protect and conserve biodiversity.
idverde has a team of Biodiversity experts who have wide-ranging experience in working with our clients to produce Biodiversity Action Plans which are yielding positive results for local biodiversity.
In Bromley, where we manage over 200Ha of greenspace on behalf of the Borough Council, we have recently compiled the latest five-year Biodiversity Action Plan, working closely with the Borough Council, and drawing on additional biodiversity and ecology expertise via our partnership with the RSPB.
At London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the latest biodiversity report revealed that rare species including the streaked bombardier beetle, black redstart, sand martin, and brown-banded carder bee are thriving, thanks to the diverse range of habitats that have been developed and maintained in the park under the Biodiversity Action Plan, often with the help of local volunteers.
BAPs need to be realistic. Underestimating the financial, time, and human resource requirements, particularly at the onset of creating a BAP, is easily done. idverde’s experts can support you in developing a bespoke and achievable Biodiversity Action Plan, ranging from support with initial ecological surveying to establish “where we are now”, to establishing a list of priorities for the plan, incorporating realistic goals, identifying opportunities for stakeholder engagement, and implementing and monitoring the plan.
Please get in touch to discuss how we can support you in developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for your area and help preserve and improve your local environment for generations to come.