The UK Biodiversity Action Plan sets out a programme for conserving habitats and species that are considered national priorities for conservation. Conservation action is devolved to a local level through a series of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs). These local plans focus on aspects of ecology which are in need of protection or conservation at a local level. They outline actions that conserve and enhance a particular area’s biodiversity through local partnership work. One such plan is the Birmingham and the Black Country Biodiversity Action Plan.
The Biodiversity Action Plan for Birmingham and the Black Country has recently been reviewed. The new plan identifies a wide range of nationally and locally important habitats. In fact, twenty-two of the sixty five priority habitats identified within the UK BAP can be found within Birmingham and the Black Country. These include native woodland, heathland, some grassland types, hedgerows, wetland habitats and valuable habitat found on previously developed land.
Birmingham and the Black Country have a wealth of wildlife and our priority habitats are known to support a range of species. Some of these also considered to be priorities for conservation action include House Sparrow, Common Toad, Hedgehog, Northern Lapwing, Great Crested Newt, bats and a wide variety of moth and butterfly species. Many open spaces are also important to migratory birds, large numbers of which pass through this area in spring and autumn.
Details of projects that are being carried out to conserve or enhance habitats and species, listed within our local biodiversity action plan, will be included in future issues of Wildlife Focus. For further information on the targets that have been set for the protection, improvement, restoration and creation of habitats in our area, please contact Chris Parry, Principal Ecologist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest Action Plan is available to download below.