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SW Delivery Plan for Biodiversity - Update
Nature Map Working Guidelines And Change Protocol
Nerc Marine Final Report
South West Biodiversity Implementation Plan
South West Nature Map - A Planner's Guide
Rebuilding Biodiversity in the South West
Analysis of UK BAP Priority Habitat within Agri-environment Schemes and SSSIs in South West England
Review of South West Biodiversity Targets
Natural Advantage - Action for Biodiversity in the South West

SW Delivery Plan for Biodiversity - Update

Biodiversity South West is working with its regional and local partners to pull together a SW Delivery Plan for Biodiversity. The plan is being pulled together as part of regional and local action to deliver the on the asks of the 'Securing Biodiversity - A new framework for delivering priority habitats and species in England' released in November 2008.

The briefing notes outline Phase 2 of the process to draft the new Delivery Plan and places an ask on all LBAP partnerships and other conservation delivery organisations in the SW to select and submit their Priority landscapes for delivery over the next 5 years - the timeframe for the plan. A workshop will be held in December to draw this together and agree our priorities. More detail of this event will be circulated as they become available.

Briefing note 1
Briefing note 2
Briefing note 3

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Nature Map Working Guidelines And Change Protocol

Nature Map was drawn together by Biodiversity South West (BioSW) with its local and regional partners. The ongoing development and refinement of Nature Map is an iterative process. This document outlines where the responsibility for Nature Map lies at regional and local levels and outlines a protocol for identifying and implementing changes to the map that should be followed by anyone working with Nature Map.

Download - Full Report

Nature Map Guidelines And Change Protocol. (PDF 104kb).

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NERC Marine Final Report - cover detail

Working for marine wildlife:
Guidance for public authorities on conserving marine, coastal, and estuarine biodiversity in South West England

Biodiversity South West, with financial support from Natural England, and input from marine specialist staff across the region, has produced NERC Biodiversity Duty guidance. This short document sets out background to the NERC Act duties, how they relate to marine biodiversity, and provides some case studies to demonstrate simple action that public bodies can take to deliver improvements for marine biodiversity.

Download - Full Report

Working for marine wildlife: Guidance for public authorities on conserving marine, coastal, and estuarine biodiversity in South West England (PDF 438kb).

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South West Regional Biodiversity Implementation Plan - stylised representation

South West Biodiversity Implementation Plan

The South West Biodiversity Implementation Plan (BIP) sets out a framework of policy, priorities and actions to assist in a more integrated approach to delivering our biodiversity aims. The BIP is our contribution towards the 'Biodiversity Strategy for England' and aims to influence regional strategies, plans and policies, such as the Regional Spatial Strategy and regional agri-environment scheme targeting.

Download - Full Plan

South West Biodiversity Implementation Plan. (PDF 1.4mb).

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South West Nature Map Planner's Guide

South West Nature Map - A Planner's Guide

Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) are required to "identify any areas of sites for the restoration or creation of new priority habitats which contribute to regional targets, and support this restoration or creation through appropriate policies" (PPS 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation 2005). This guidance was produced to assist forward planners to:

  • identify areas at the local level that can contribute towards regional targets for the restoration and creation of priority habitats;
  • inform the formation and use of appropriate policies in their LDFs.

This guidance will also be of interest and assistance to any organisation with an interest in promoting the restoration and creation of biodiversity through the planning system.

Download - Full Guide

South West Nature Map Planner's Guide (PDF 2.7mb)

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Cover of Rebuilding Biodiversity in the South West

Rebuilding Biodiversity in the South West

Rebuilding Biodiversity is an innovative approach to defining a set of ecologically functional units at a landscape scale, called Strategic Nature Areas, which together can provide the minimum space needed to conserve key habitats and species across the South West region in the long term.

Download - Full Report

Rebuilding Biodiversity in the South West (PDF 2mb)

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AES SSSI report

Analysis of UK BAP Priority Habitat within Agri-environment Schemes and SSSIs in South West England

The aim of this report was to produce regional and county summary figures for the extent of UK BAP Priority Habitat within agri-environment schemes and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). This will give an indication of the extent to which agri-environment schemes and management of SSSIs are contributing towards the UK BAP targets in the South West region and provide a picture of UK BAP habitats across the whole region.

Download - Full Report

Analysis of UK BAP Priority Habitat within Agri-environment Schemes and SSSIs in South West England (PDF 14.0mb).

Download - Chapters

1 - Introduction and Region (PDF 1.2mb).
2 - Bath and North East Somerset (PDF 1.0mb).
3 - Bournemouth (PDF 0.8mb).
4 - Bristol (PDF 0.8mb).
5 - Cornwall (PDF 0.9mb).
6 - Devon (PDF 1.1mb).
7 - Dorset (PDF 1.1mb).
8 - Gloucestershire (PDF 1.1mb).
9 - North Somerset (PDF 1.0mb).
10 - Plymouth (PDF 0.7mb).
11 - Poole (PDF 0.8mb).
12 - Somerset (PDF 1.1mb).
13 - South Gloucestershire (PDF 0.8mb).
14 - Swindon (PDF 0.8mb).
15 - Torbay (PDF 0.8mb).
16 - Wiltshire (PDF 1.0mb).

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Natural Advantage - Action for Biodiversity in the South West

Natural Advantage - Action for Biodiversity in the South West

This booklet brings together best practice case studies about sustainability under five themes: action for habitats and species, community action for nature, nature and the economy, improving quality of life and ecosystem and landscape management.

Download - Full Booklet

Natural Advantage - Action for Biodiversity in the South West (PDF 1.9mb)

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