Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. DRAFT Last Updated August 2021

 Biodiversity

 Action

 Plan

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.

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Introduction. The importance of biodiversity and the Biodiversity Action Plan, and the influences on it. Ready to read and use.

Landscapes. The different Barnsley landscape characters, their geology, and the impact of man. Ready to read and use.

Habitats. Habitats in Barnsley that require protection, restoration and positive conservation management. Ready to read and use

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

Issues. Information on issues such as invasive species and the impact of climate change. To follow in due course

Planning and Development. Legislation and guidance on the planning process and implications for development relating to biodiversity. Ready to read and use.

Sites in Barnsley that are designated nationally or locally for their distinctive and threatened habitats and species. Ready to read.

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


A glossary will be provided. To follow.

Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan is being revised to bring it up-to-date and include additional information. This is anticipated to be completed in 2021.

You can view the revised sections here …

First published in 2002, it was revised in 2009. This second edition of the BAP, adopted by Barnsley Council, is available via these links:

Revised sections:

A number of sections are ready to read, use and comment on. Further minor amendments may be made.


It is intended that this 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.