Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. CONSULTATION DRAFT 2023 - FOR COMMENT woodland spring flowers

Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) describes the diversity of habitats and wildlife species found in Barnsley. It sets out those that are a priority for conservation and how this can be achieved.

We welcome comments on the revised BAP
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Introduction. The importance of biodiversity and the Biodiversity Action Plan, and the influences on it.

Landscapes. The different Barnsley landscape characters, their geology, and the impact of man.

Habitats. Habitats in Barnsley that require protection, restoration and positive conservation management.

Species. Wildlife species in Barnsley that require protection and action to halt decline and increase their numbers.

Planning and Development. Guidance on the planning process and implications for development relating to biodiversity.

Sites in Barnsley designated nationally or locally for their distinctive and threatened habitats and species.

Records.  Barnsley Biological Records Centre - how to send in records of wildlife and how to ask for records.

Barnsley’s first Biodiversity Action Plan was published in 2002; a revised second BAP was adopted by Barnsley Council in 2010. [NB large pdf files]

Revised sections:

Cover of first BAP published by Barnsley council in 2002 Cover of second BAP adopted by Barnsley council in 2010

These revised sections are ready to read and use, and comments on them will be welcome. Further minor amendments may be made.

One suggestion is to add a glossary. So look out for it soon.

It is intended that this online Biodiversity Action Plan is kept up to date to reflect changes in government policies, the status of habitats and species, and the situation on the ground in Barnsley.

Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan has been revised to bring it up-to-date and include additional information. The revised BAP is now available for comment:

You can view the revised sections here …