Biodiversity guidance for planning applicants

Please find local information on biodiversity requirements for planning applications in Lewisham’s Biodiversity Planning Guidance.

Lewisham Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)

The new Lewisham Biodiversity Action Plan was endorsed by Mayor and Cabinet on 3rd November 2021. 

Lewisham’s first Biodiversity Action Plan was written in a document called ‘A Natural Renaissance for Lewisham’ in 2007. The  document set out the Partnership’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. The BAP was then updated on 2015 and covered 2015-2020.

The latest update of ‘A Natural Renaissance for Lewisham‘ was ratified by Mayor and Cabinet in November 2021. The partnership’s past achievements can be viewed in the BAP and below in the quarterly reports.

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 Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership plan for the Borough’s wildlife and natural environment. Presently, the Partnership consists of Lewisham Council, Glendale Managed Services, the Environment Agency, the Qwaggy Waterways Action Group, the Creekside Education Trust, 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.

Lewisham Biodiversity partnership – minutes & meetings

The next Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership will be held on 27th April 2022 at 5pm via MS Teams.  Please contact Jess Kyle if you would like to get involved.

Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes from 26th January 2022

Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes from 13th October 2021

For previous meeting minutes not listed here, please email Jess Kyle who would be happy to send them to you.

October – December 2021 Achievements

Thank you for all who joined our quarterly meeting in January. As usual we had a full agenda that started with a presentation about Green Social Prescribing by Fiona Kirkman.

There is a new Facebook group to your attention that Lawrence kindly set up for us to allow groups to advertise their events, and volunteers to find opportunities in Lewisham. The group is called Nature volunteering in Lewisham. Please join the group and post activities and events. And a big thank you to Lawrence for setting this up!

Also to let you know that the Horniman Museum is holding a Spring Fair on Saturday 16th April (Easter weekend) which will have a ‘village fete’ feel with the focus on the environment and biodiversity. They would like to have a few stands for local community groups to engage with visitors, try to enrol volunteers, raise awareness etc. Please let us know if you are interested in having a stall by the end of February and we will pass on your details.

Highlights for the quarter:

The Partnership’s new Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) has been endorsed by Lewisham Council in November 2021. Please find the BAP here and the press release here.  

Kingfisher spotter in Dacres Wood ©Ema Felix

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Lewisham has kick-started an exciting year of events as London Borough of Culture 2022. We encourage you all to take part and enjoy the range of cultural activities on offer, including dance, art, poetry, music and much more taking place in parks, venues and streets across the borough. Please find further details here.

Brown Hairstreak (a protected butterfly) eggs found in Beckenham Place Park (photo ©Pedro Pires)

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The partnership’s achievements between October 2010 – December 2020

(Please click on the thumbnail of the period you are interested in this will bring up a larger version of the image. Click on the ‘i’ and there you will find a link to a PDF document for the achievements for that quarter)

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UK Biodiversity

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. Decade_logo

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

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8 thoughts on “Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership

  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could put me in contact with the relevant parties regarding speaking to someone to get advice and guidance regarding Lewisham Councils plans to build on shared communal green space attached to my building?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Lucy,

      Please can you let me know which area of green space that you are talking about so that I can look in to this more. Once I know where this is, I can find out what is happening and who you should contact about this.

      Best wishes,


      1. THanks Jess, it’s a sort of shared garden for a block of flats at the end of Ermine Road postcode SE13 7jj it looks into Embleton road. Lucy

      2. Hi Lucy, I have had a quick look through Lewisham’s Planning pages and I can’t see anything. Are you sure that the application has gone in? The reason for looking is that there would be a planning office attached to the case and you would be able to contact them about it. You can have a look here or contact them here

        I hope this helps,


      3. Hi Jess,
        We are currently at the consultation stage. We have all written in response and are waiting to here’s back. Do you an email I can send the information to? I am hoping there is something that can be gone to save the green space.
        Many thanks

  2. Hi,
    I was wondering who I could contact/talk to about Lewisham councils plans to build on communal green space that my building shares in Ladywell. I am looking for advice and guidance, if you send me some contact details for the relevant parties that would be great.
    Many thanks

  3. Dear Councillor Robson,Lee Oasis is a local volunteer group based at the URC chruch hall in Lee. We recycle donated furniture, bedding and clothes free to people leaving the hostels at Mayfield and Ashlee, on Burnt Ash Hill, and other disadvantaged households around Lewisham and borders referred to us by the borough’s social services, Connexions, DIP etc.We have attracted grants to buy in reconditioned cookers and fridges, and pay for PAT testing of donated kettles and microwaves, and expenses for unemployed users wanting to put something back by volunteering themselves. All our services and goods are free. We now have 73 volunteers and our van runs three times a week, picking up and dropping off bulky items that don’t fit in private cars.This year we have been refused the a32,500 Faith in Lewisham Fund grant that covers half our core expenses (diesel, insurance etc) and may have to cut back our service as evictions and homelessness rise.I have only just heard about this Locality grant. Would we qualify, and are we too late??Please advise.Best wishes, Jay Sivell (Ms) for Lee Oasis committeePS Councillor Bentley knows all about us.

    1. Dear Jay,

      I am afraid I am not the right person to answer you question on this. If you contact the Localities Officer for your area, they should be able to help. You can find information about it here

      If you want to get hold of Cllr Robson and Cllr Bentley you would have to contact them directly because they do not have acces to this blog.

      Best wishes,


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