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Planning for biodiversity

Planning for biodiversity at our sites

 

Our biodiversity plan was developed in consultation with key stakeholders and has allowed us to review and modify our initial approach to maximise our effort through better planned activities and targeted conservation works in our landholdings.

We planned our biodiversity objectives around five themes:

  • contribution to landscape scale conservation
  • prioritised site based action
  • prioritised action to specific habitats and species
  • effective monitoring and performance reporting to demonstrate positive contributions to the UK Biodiversity Strategy
  • raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in conjunction with key partners.

To achieve this we categorised our sites across the UK into one of three tiers so we can contribute in proportion to our impact using criteria for both biodiversity and community engagement.

Site based actions for our sites

 

Tier


Actions


1

Sites shall enter a program to work towards achieving certification to The Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark by the end of 2009.

2

Sites shall develop a biodiversity management plan in conjunction with community partners for identified parts of the land under our control.

3

Sites shall develop and implement simple and low-cost means to raise awareness of nature and to make a contribution to enhancing the amenity of their area. This may include but not be limited to;

  • Landscaping using native plant species
  • Erecting nesting facilities for bats or birds
  • Using local resources for landscaping
  • Allowing natural regeneration

 

Progress against our BAP objectives has been reported through our website and in our annual sustainability reports since 2003.

Read more on our 2014 update on progress at Tier one sites.

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