Northamptonshire Biodiversity Action Plan
This is the home of the Northamptonshire Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)
In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio, the UK government, along with 150 other countries, signed the Convention on Biological Diversity. This is a commitment to:
"Rehabilitate and restore degraded ecosystems and promote the recovery of threatened species through the development and implementation of plans or other strategies."
The UK's strategy was the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP), launched in 1994. Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs) followed the recognition that "biodiversity is ultimately lost or conserved at the local level." They identify priorities for action and give guidance on implementing targets to reverse the loss of habitats and species.
The Northamptonshire Context:
Biodiversity in Northamptonshire is under severe pressure. Most of our countryside consists of arable fields, mainly of little biodiversity value. Additionally, our local wildlife is experiencing one of the highest levels of pressure from development in the whole of the UK. Being within the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Growth Area, we are expecting approximately 5000 new homes per year to be built within Northamptonshire, along with all of the necessary infrastructure that goes along with them.
The current LBAP was revised in 2007/08 and provides guidelines and targets for protecting and enhancing biodiversity within Northamptonshire to be implemented by 2015. Sixteen habitats and 167 species are covered by the LBAP, which can be accessed by clicking here.
To find out more please use the links on the left.
To download the new Northamptonshire Biodiveristy Action Plan handout click on the image below.