Local Biodiversity Action Partnership

Progress on Action Plans

By 2007 when all Warwickshire’s ‘UK BAP’ Priority action plans had been reported on, the first Annual Report for the LBAP was produced; this was updated following the completion of the reporting programme as the ‘Where we are now in 2008’ document. In 2010 to celebrate the International Year of biodiversity the more extensive Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull Local Biodiversity Action Plan Progress Report was produced.

UK BAP priority species and habitats are those identified as being the most threatened and requiring conservation action.

  • the original lists of UK BAP priority species and habitats were created between 1995 and 1999, and were subsequently updated in 2007, following a 2-year review to ensure that the lists remained up-to-date.
  • selection of priority species and habitats followed consideration by expert working groups against a set of selection criteria, based on international importance, rapid decline, high risk, and habitats of importance for key species.

In 2011 a major review of the LBAP was begun as many of the plans were seriously out of date, having been written between 2002 – 2006. In 2015 this process of making the plans more targeted and measurable was completed with all 52 action plans back on the website. The partnership has enlarged to over 80 and broadened with the addition of some local groups and businesses whose work has contributed many examples of ‘local action’ to the plans.

Highlights are the recent appearance of community and school orchards, public involvement in the Churchyards and Cemeteries, Roadside Verges, Barn Owl, Common Dormouse and Bloody Nosed Beetle action plans and the writing of a new plan for Hedgehog.

A new rolling programme of reporting began in 2015, starting with 8 action plans that showed considerable progress. This programme will continue until 2020 with 5 more batches of associated habitat plans and their species. A Progress Report will be produced annually. 

Notable successes reported in 2016 were:

  • 67km of hedgerow restoration, 4 times our target, from hedgelaying, coppicing and gapping up
  • support for farmland birds, beetles and scarce arable plants through Natural England’s Wild Pollinator & Farm Wildlife package 
  • improvement of habitat for bees at 8 quarries with advice from Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire. 

Notable success reported in 2017 were:

  • our targets for Calcareous Grassland exceeeded, with almost twice the target area now in favourable condition, and five times the target area restored mostly by scrub control.
  • permanent colonies of the Small Blue Butterfly number 23, exceeeding the Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire target of 20; the number of sites suitable for colonistion is now 41, a doubling of the target.
  • a huge success for degraded Open Mosaic Habitats with 40ha restored, four times our 2026 target. 

Progress Reports 2011 - 2020

Rolling Programme

Reporting year Comments Habitat Action Plans
to be reported on
Species Action Plans to be reported on
and species
The rest of the wetland plans x 9
  • Fen & swamp, wet grassland and wet woodland
  • Reed beds
  • Lakes & reservoirs
  • Canals
  • Bittern
  • Snipe
  • Otter
  • Water vole
  • Black poplar
and species
Now for the trees...10 plans
  • Woodland
  • Traditional orchards
  • Old parkland & veteran trees
  • Parks & public open spaces
  • Dormouse
  • Argent & sable moth
  • Leaf rolling weevil
  • Red wood ant
  • Wood white butterfly
  • Song thrush
and species
The last 5 plans
– all recently written, recently revised or in preparation
  • Gardens
  • Built environment
  • Allotments
  • Hedgehog – new in 2015
  • Fish – in preparation