Local Biodiversity Action Partnership

The Species and Habitat Action Plans

The links below take you to the latest updates to the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Biodiversity Action Plans. These plans were compiled between 2012 and 2015.

Please note that the plans are the latest verified versions. They are continuously updated as further information is received and new versions will be uploaded as soon as they become available.

Updating the Action Plans: If you have carried out a project, or know of work, relating to any of the Action Plans listed below please contact Ruth Moffatt on ruthmoffatt@warwickshire.gov.uk

Our 52 action plans were compiled by numerous local experts between 2002-2005 and widely consulted amongst conservation specialists and potential partners. Their comments and amendments were incorporated and the plans adopted by the Steering Group. However, it was not intended that the plans should be set in stone and between 2012-15 a review was carried out to update them and make them more achievable and measurable. 

One of the results of the review was the creation of generic plans for actions that were common to all the plans: a generic species action plan and generic habitat action plan

Much of the information in the habitat plans has been derived from the work of the Habitat Biodiversity Audit:

  • established in 1995 as a partnership between all the Local Authorities within Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull plus Natural England and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Its remit was to survey every field and boundary in the sub-region to provide up-to-date biodiversity data held on a Geographical Information System (GIS), that is updated annually.
  • the data is invaluable in protecting and enhancing habitats across the sub-region as the planning authorities use the information for a range of purposes, including spatial planning and development control.
  • as the longest continual running survey of its kind, the Phase 1 survey for Warwickshire has become an invaluable research data set for land-use change and landscape enhancements across the region.
  • it is recognized as European good practice

The Wildlife Sites Project began in 1999 to develop and maintain a formalized Local Wildlife Sites system for Warwickshire:

  • made up of Wildlife Sites and Local Geological Sites as part of a wider initiative also involving the Local Wildlife Sites system operated in Coventry and Solihull.
  • It is responsible for site selection in collaboration with the local authorities, and undertakes the detailed site survey generally referred to as a Phase 2 habitat survey against a set of criteria based on the Joint Nature Conservancy Council (JNCC) national criteria for the selection of biological Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • These have been expanded to reflect a local authority’s role in nature conservation including local community characteristics.

Habitat Action Plans

The area of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull has been categorised into 6 broad habitat types: grassland, farmland, woodland, urban, post-industrial and wetland. These broad habitats have been sub-divided into 25 Action Plans, the aim being to give a comprehensive cover of all the land area of the sub-region. Those in bold are UK BAP Priority Habitats; the terminology and derivation of the objectives can be viewed here

Progress with Habitat Action Plans 2011 - 2016

Progress with Habitat Action Plans 2011 - 2015

Progress with Habitat Action Plans by 2008

Species Action Plans

The Steering Group, in consultation with local specialist experts, selected a balance of species across the various groups of animals and plants typical of Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull. In most instances, this produced action plans for species which are listed as Priority in the UK Steering Group report (i.e. national target species). However, in some cases the populations of those species in this region are increasing or stable and therefore are not in need of current action. In these instances, a more needy local species has been chosen for an action plan instead.

In all, 27 Action Plans for Warwickshire Coventry and Solihull were selected on the basis of the criteria outlined below; those in bold are UK BAP Priority Species:

  • UK Steering Group report Listed (as internationally or nationally threatened)
  • Keystone species for which management action will benefit a number of associated species
  • Cultural value, or locally characteristic. Includes species which are familiar to local people
  • Scarcity. Species which are locally/ nationally scarce of declining. Especially if the species “should” be more widespread locally
  • Specific action needed over and above general habitat conservation
  • In rapid decline locally.

Progress with Species Action Plans 2011 - 2016

Progress with Species Action Plans 2011-2015

Progress with Species Action Plans by 2008