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.
Lewisham Biodiversity partnership – minutes & meetings
Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes from Wednesday 16th October 2019
For previous meeting minutes not listed here, please email Jess Kyle who would be happy to send them to you.
July – September 2019 Achievements
April – June 2019 Achievements
Lewisham achieves joint first place in Good Parks for London assessment
A staggering 800 events were run last year by Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership to give over 18,000 children an experience of nature
London Fire Brigade, Lewisham Homes and SE23 Swift Conservation Group collaborate to retrofit swift boxes on Wynell Road property in Forest Hill
Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership volunteers deliver 7,836 hours’ worth of work amounting to £76,401 in last 3 months bringing the total monetary value for the year to almost £1/4 million
January – March 2019 Achievements
Lewisham Biodiversity partners carried out 603 events (294 environmental education, 271 volunteering events and 38 walks and presentations). 5041 adults and 6789 children were engaged in activities in this quarter.
Lewisham nature conservation volunteers deliver £387k of work last year and £71k during January to March 2019
The Partnership delivers 332 environmental events engaging 4357 individuals
1151m2 of new habitat created on Lewisham rooftop during the last quarter to benefit biodiversity and address air quality, flooding and the urban heal island effect
October – December 2018 Achievements
Lewisham Biodiversity partners carried out 438 events (160 environmental education, 215 volunteering events and 63 walks and presentations). 5252 adults and 5682 children were engaged in activities in this quarter.
Lewisham habitat survey recommends upgrading Ladywell Fields, Bridgehouse Meadows, Creekside Discovery Centre and Manor Park to Borough significance reducing the ‘Area of Deficiency’ for accessible wildlife sites by 182.6ha
Lewisham wins 1st place in “Good Parks for London” award
A Guillemot spotted in the Ravensbourne by Deptford Bridge heading towards the Creek
Nature Conservation volunteers clock up 5,859 hours of work in the last quarter- equivalent to £61,812 [London living wage]
Goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker regularly sighted and heard during the autumn in Lewisham’s parks and woodlands.
Biodiversity Partners runs 438 events to give over 20,934 people an experience of nature
The partnership’s achievements between October 2010 – December 2018
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