Building on the Wiltshire and Swindon BAPs

Wiltshire BAP 2008This document has been developed to build on the Wiltshire and Swindon Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) published in 2008 and 2010. The aim of these BAPs was to identify targets and actions for the conservation of priority habitats and species in Wiltshire and Swindon and combine these actions into one coherent plan which could be delivered through a partnership of organisations working together.

Although these BAPs have been very successful in building a strong, cross-organisational partnership, their focus has been on priority habitats and species and they were not designed to take a more strategic view of how best to achieve a county wide, healthy ecological network of these habitats.

With new UK and international strategies aimed at delivering a sustainable, healthy natural environment based on landscape scale conservation it was felt that a new framework was needed to build on the previous BAPs.  Instead of habitats being the focus of the plan; landscape or ecosystem scale areas are the basis and we have looked to identify the habitats, environmental pressures and conservation activities within these areas to help inform future conservation working to establish a more coherent, resilient ecological network of habitats.

The new Landscape Framework is not designed to supersede the previous BAPs but instead enhances the evidence base upon which we make decisions relating to the future direction of conservation within Wiltshire and Swindon. These BAPs should still be referred to for specific advice on habitats and species, while the new Landscape Conservation Framework looks for the best opportunities for conserving and enhancing these habitats at a landscape or ecosystem scale.

For more information please refer to the full landscape-scale framework for conservation in Wiltshire and Swindon document (available here soon!).