Local information requirement, Biodiversity Guidance
Lewisham Biodiversity Action Plan
Lewisham original Biodiversity Action Plans were written in a document called ‘A Natural Renaissance for Lewisham’. The original document was written in 2007 and set out the Borough’s aspirations for the immediate future regarding the conservation of nature across the Borough. Progress between 2007-2011 can be found on the new BARS website or you can have a look at the summary spreadsheet produced by the partnership.
‘A Natural Renaissance for Lewisham’ was updated in 2015 and ratified by Mayor and Cabinet in March 2016. The partnership’s past achievements can be viewed below.
We produce summary sheets of all the achievements of the partnership and this will be updated quarterly.
Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership.
The Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership was established in 1999 to develop an action plan for the Borough’s wildlife and natural environment. Presently, the Partnership consists of Lewisham Council, Glendale Managed Services, The Environment Agency, The Creekside Education Trust, Groundwork South East London, Greater London Authority, London Wildlife Trust, Horniman Museum and Gardens and, most importantly a range of local groups and individuals. All these groups have an interest in conserving and enhancing Lewisham’s Biodiversity. The work of the Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership has operated in tandem with that of the London Biodiversity Partnership and has taken a considered approach in order that Lewisham’s Biodiversity Action Plan be visionary, pragmatic, achievable and inclusive. The group meets 4 times a year to discuss their achievements and issues that may have arisen. A copy of the minutes of these meetings can be found below.
Minutes from Lewisham Biodiversity partnership meetings
Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes from 16th July 2018
For previous meeting minute not listed here, please email Jess Kyle who would be happy to send them to you.
April – June 2018 Achievements
Lewisham Biodiversity partners carried out 978 events (325 environmental education, 513 volunteering events and 140 walks and presentations). The engaged people and nature conservation volunteers carried out 6393 hours work worth over this quarter!
The 10th anniversary “3 Rivers-Clean-Up” helps deliver a record 15,849 hours’ worth of nature conservation volunteer work in the last 3 months amounting to £154,527
Lewisham achieves 5 Green Flag Community Awards on its Nature Reserves
Kingfishers successfully breed in artificial nest bank created on the River Ravensbourne for the first time.
A Bee orchid infrequently found in Lewisham pops up on Blackheath
October – December 2017 Achievements
Lewisham Biodiversity partners carried out 451 events (102 environmental education, 280 volunteering events and 69 walks and presentations). The engaged people and nature conservation volunteers carried out 6393 hours work worth over £62,331k during the last quarter.
Hawk’s-beard Nomad Bee, new to Britain, discovered in Elverson Road Lewisham
Yellow-browed warbler resides in Brookmill Park for 5 days in October (the second ever record in Lewisham)
“Swifts and enhancing urban biodiversity” presentation by founder of Swift Conservation @ Council Chambers on 22nd February 7-9pm. BOOKING
10th anniversary of the 3 Rivers Clean Up to be run between 2nd and 23rd June 2018
Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership volunteers deliver 6,393 hours work worth £62,331 in last 3 months
The partnership’s achievements between October 2010 – December 2017
This page sets out the history behind the Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership and what they are doing towards Local and National Biodiversity targets. You will also find regular updates of interesting projects that our partners have carried out in the Borough along with quarterly achievements, along with ways in which you can get involved.
In 1992 the UK Government signed the Rio Convention and committed themselves to halting biodiversity loss. In response to this the UK Government published the UK Biodiversity Action Plan 1994. This led to the production of 436 action plans between 1995 and 1999 to help many of the UK’s most threatened species recover. A review of the UK priority species list in 2007 identified 1,150 species and 65 habitats that met the BAP criteria at UK level. For information up to March 2012 on the progress of local and national plans please visit the Biodiversity Action Recording System (BARS) website. This is an old website, but still has a lot of useful information on it. Progress between 2007-2011 can be found on the new BARS website or you can have a look at the summary spreadsheet produced by the partnership.
Local Biodiversity Action Plans
There are 119 local biodiversity action partnerships and nine regional biodiversity that have been established across England. This has helped bring about a groundswell of activity and innovation to meet the challenges faced by our biodiversity.
The role of local biodiversity action plans
Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAP) identify priorities for biodiversity conservation at a local level. They work to deliver agreed actions and targets for priority habitats and species and can focus on locally important wildlife and sites. They aim to reflect the values of local people and provide a focus for local initiatives hope to further the wellbeing of their local areas. LBAPs, including the one in Lewisham are delivered through wide local partnerships that involve wildlife organisations, local authorities, businesses and other interested parties. More information about the achievements of LBAPs can be found at Natural England’s report, ‘The Achievements of local biodiversity partnerships in England.’The functions of LBAPs are:
- To translate national targets for species and habitats into effective action at the local level,
- To identify targets for species and habitats important to the local area, reflecting the values of local people,
- To stimulate effective local partnerships to ensure programmes for biodiversity conservation are developed and maintained in the long term,
- To raise awareness of the need for biodiversity conservation and enhancement in the local context,
- To ensure opportunities for conservation and enhancement of biodiversity are promoted, understood and rooted in policies and decisions at the local level,
- To provide a basis for monitoring and evaluating local action for biodiversity priorities, at both national and local levels