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Biodiversity Action Plans

BAP VOLUME 4: PRIORITY PROJECTS. This latest volume reflects national and regional changes whilst focusing conservation efforts within Cornwall over the coming years.

As part of the production of this latest Biodiversity Action Plan, the CBI held a series of workshops in late 2009 to establish a prioritised list of biodiversity projects. These priority projects form the backbone of BAP Volume 4; within the document the project aims are outlined, key habitats and species are listed, and the lead delivery body identified. The projects, split into three groups are listed below; further information on each project can be found by clicking on the project name below which will download the relevant section of BAP Volume 4 or you can download the whole of BAP Volume 4 - please be aware this is a large document (3.5 MB) so may take some time to download.

A map has been produced showing the projects which can be represented spatially. The boundaries shown on the map do not represent a statutory designation; they are simply project areas where there are considered to be opportunities to make positive changes for biodiversity. In the same respect white areas on the map are by no means areas where conservation work is not necessary; these areas are relevant to the non geographical projects such as mapping new BAP habitats, and the invasive species project. Other areas, where considered appropriate, will be addressed in future plans. The areas of BAP habitats in these white areas should at least be maintained and restoration/expansion should be encouraged especially where linking to existing BAP habitats.

Geographical

Species

Information gathering

Biodiversity woodland habitat, photo by Liz CoxThis new broader, habitat based approach will allow effective action planning and reporting without significantly adding to BAP bureaucracy. By shifting the emphasis to habitat-based work these projects will achieve habitat targets as well as benefit those species less suited to very narrowly focused recovery work.

In addition to this the Cornwall Biodiversity Initiative (CBI) has produced a new Cornish BAP habitat and species list, this list now contains:

Background information

UK Biodiversity Action Plan

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the UK Government was one of 150 countries that signed the Convention on Biological Diversity. In 1995 they published Biodiversity: the UK Action Plan (BAP), a document that listed national habitats and species of conservation concern, with detailed objectives to help protect and enhance them.

A new UK List of Priority Species and Habitats was published in 2007, this was a result of the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken in the UK. The conservation approach for these 1150 species and 65 habitats is currently being developed by statutory and non-statutory sectors.

Previous Cornwall Biodiversity Action Plans

In 1996 the Cornwall Biodiversity Initiative (CBI) produced Cornwall’s Biodiversity Volume 1: Audits and Priorities. Following on from the recommendations in this document, Action Plans were produced for the Cornish priority habitats and species and published in Cornwall’s Biodiversity Volume 2: Action Plans.

A further volume, Cornwall's Biodiversity Volume 3: Action Plans 2004, was produced in line with the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) process. This highlights the UK BAP priority habitats and species that occur in Cornwall and comprises of 25 habitat and 127 Species Action Plans, each written by local experts. Cornwall’s Biodiversity Volume 3: Action Plans 2004 guides local conservation work to contribute to UK BAP targets and to ensure that Cornwall’s wildlife continues to be an inspiration for future generations. These action plans have not been replaced and the targets and actions are still useful tools for developing the priority project areas.

lesser horseshoe bats with pupsFor hard copies of Cornwall’s Biodiversity Action Plans please contact Cornwall Wildlife Trust, contact details below, or download them from the related links section on this page, please be aware that some of these are large documents so may take some time to download.

For more information on Biodiversity Action Plans please contact us through our enquiry page or on (01872) 273939.