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BAP Workshop - 14th October 2009 at Grendon Lakes

The Northamptonshire Biodiversity Partnership held a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) workshop on Wednesday October 14th 2009 at the Grendon Lakes complex. The theme of the workshop was to inform those who work within the planning and land management sectors on the relevance of the BAP and how it can be implemented.

Presentations from the day can now be downloaded below;


Introduction to Northamptonshire's Biodiveristy  - Tom Day (Chair of Biodiveristy Partnership)  

Why is the Biodiveristy Action Plan (BAP) relevant to us - Carl Simms (Northamptonshire County Council)

How should we implement the BAP - Heather Ball (BAP coordinator)

Development that got it right (or almost right) - Rachel Gorman (Natural England)

Good examples of BAP delivery from Environmental Stewardship - Robin Field (RNRP)


Relevance of the BAP to the planning system - Carl Simms (Northamptonshire County Council)

Delivering for biodiveristy through planning - Heather Ball (BAP Coordinator) 

Reporting and monitoring BAP delivery through developement  - Matt Johnson (Northants Wildlife Trust)

                         - Draft BAP Reporting Form


Information handouts ready for download

Information handouts have been produced to provide information on the work of the Biodiveristy Partnership as well as the new Biodiversity Action Plan, the Local Records Centre and Local Wildlife Sites in Northamptonshire. These can be downloaded from the relevant pages on this web site.

New Northamptonshire BAP is launched

The new Biodiveristy Action Plan for Northamptonshire was launched on 21st July 2008. Download the new BAP here and read the press release for the launch below.

"Northamptonshire's new strategy for the protection of our most threatened habitats and species was launched on Monday 21st July at the Forestry Commission's visitor complex, Top Lodge, set within the fabulous Fineshade Wood. The event was attended by representatives from all of the Local Authorities in Northamptonshire, including Councillors from Daventry and Corby, and the Deputy Mayor for Corby. Sally Keeble, MP for Northampton North thoroughly endorsed the strategy and spoke about the value of wildlife to people in Northamptonshire.

The strategy is known as the Biodiversity Action Plan, or BAP, and sets out the highest priorities for action to conserve Northamptonshire's wildlife. Biodiversity is the variety of living things on Earth, and includes everything from tiny algae to large mammals, and in Northamptonshire is under severe pressure. Most of our countryside consists of arable fields which support low numbers of wild plant and animal species. Additionally, our local wildlife is experiencing one of the highest levels of pressure from development in the whole of the UK.

High levels of biodiversity are found in more natural areas of habitat, such as ancient woodland, species-rich grassland, and unmodified rivers. These habitats are part of a list of 16 that are nationally important and have been identified as a priority for conservation in Northamptonshire. Among these habitats nearly 160 species of national conservation concern can be found, all of which are included in the Northamptonshire BAP. Otters and water voles are of particular importance and we need to take specific action to protect these. The Wildlife Trust is one of many organisations that use the BAP to target their work towards the habitats and species most in need."

Revision of the Northamptonshire BAP is underway

The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for Northamptonshire is currently being revised to reflect the recent revision of the UK BAP.

The previous edition of the BAP wass overcomplicated, over ambitious in places and the targets for each habitat and species were not easy to report on because they were not SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Relevant and Timebound).

The BAP revision process involves:

  • removing many of the Actions that are low-priority, confusing, restrictive or redundant,
  • streamlining the BAP to reflect main issues such as maintenance, creation and restoration of habitats,
  • implementing a three-tiered approach (generic best-practice actions, generic actions with SMART targets, habitat and species specific actions) to simplify the BAP and remove many of the repetitive and redundant Actions.

The ultimate outcome is that the BAP is easy to understand, simple to implement, and uncomplicated to report on. This will allow the BAP partners to design and implement appropriate projects, and to report the successes of these clearly. Which in turn will result in increased gains for biodiversity accross the county.

Find out more about the Northamptonshire BAP

Funding helps Grassland Flowers Bloom

Plants and animals that rely on limestone grassland have a more secure future thanks to a grant of over 23,000 from SITA Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Wildlife Trust and willing volunteer teams carried out improvements on three nature reserves in north Northamptonshire. Collyweston Quarries SSSI and Old Sulehay are two of the most important limestone sites in Northamptonshire. Funding also enabled the Trust to investigate the possibility of expanding and linking the reserves to create larger protected areas in the Rockingham Forest area.

Find out more about the North Northants Limestone Grassland Project

Help the Hairstreak Project

The Wildlife Trust is to embark on a new project to map the distribution areas of the rare black hairstreak butterfly in Northamptonshire thanks to funding from the River Nene Regional Park's Green Infrastructure Environmental Grant Scheme and Natural England. The distribution of the black hairstreak butterfly has fallen in the last decade following woodland clearance for the plantation of coniferous woodland during the 1950s and 1960s. As a result, the black hairstreak is included in the Northamptonshire Biodiversity Action Plan.

Dr Robin Field, land advisor for the River Nene Regional Park said "this is a very important project on a key biodiversity action plan species within Northamptonshire. Black hairstreak distribution in the East Midlands is centred in and around Northamptonshire, and the need to confirm it's status at numerous sites is paramount before habitat management work can commence".

Find out more about the Black Hairstreak Project

Read the Black Hairstreak Project Report