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1 South West Nature Map A Vision for Natural Landscapes in the South West of England Naomi Brookes South West Regional Biodiversity Co-ordinator

2 South West Nature Map Identifies the best areas in our region to conserve, create and connect wildlife habitats at a landscape scale.

3 The South West Nature Map Identifies ‘Strategic Nature Areas’ (SNAs)

4 Devon

5 How was Nature Map produced? Steps in drawing up Nature Map – 1.Identifying Priority BAP Habitats

6 How was Nature Map produced? Led by the South West Regional Biodiversity Partnership Used best available data on habitats, species, soils, land uses, and topography Used local expertise co- ordinated through Local Biodiversity Action Partnerships (LBAPs) Used the South West Wildlife Trust’s Rebuilding Biodiversity methodology Used regional consistency across county boundaries Patch Forming Matrix Forming

7 How was Nature Map produced? Steps in drawing up Nature Map – 1.Identifying Priority BAP Habitats 2.Assessing Viability 3.Establishing Goals

8 How was Nature Map produced? Led by the South West Regional Biodiversity Partnership Used best available data on habitats, species, soils, land uses, and topography Used local expertise co- ordinated through Local Biodiversity Action Partnerships (LBAPs) Used the South West Wildlife Trust’s Rebuilding Biodiversity methodology Used regional consistency across county boundaries Patch Forming Matrix Forming

9 How was Nature Map produced? Steps in drawing up Nature Map – 1.Identifying Priority BAP Habitats 2.Assessing Viability 3.Establishing Goals 4.Selecting Potential Strategic Nature Areas – Rebuilding Biodiversity Methodology Local BAP Co-ordinated meetings 5.Prioritisation of Strategic Nature Areas

10 Strategic Nature Areas Landscape scale areas selected for the maintenance, restoration and/or re-creation of wildlife habitats Mosaic of habitats and other land uses Identify a main wildlife habitat, but other wildlife habitats will be present Are sized according to the main wildlife habitat Do not contain all wildlife sites and important species

11 Taking Nature Map Forward To develop partnerships and projects for biodiversity in the region; To provide a focus for projects that will help biodiversity to adapt to climate change; Two pronged approach both of which are complimentary – Regional Local

12 Regional Spatial Strategy and Local Development Documents Targeting Agri- Environment Schemes Sustainable Farming & Food Strategy Funding landscape scale projects Local Area Agreements Partnership working and strategic plan

13 Dartmoor Natural Networks Project Gloucestershire – Severn Vale Avon – Living Landscapes Grasslands Project Cornwall – Mid Cornwall Heathland Devon – Culm Grassland Wiltshire - Landscapes for Wildlife Dorset – Pastures New Somerset – Mendip Hills

14 What is helping to achieve this? Excellent support from nature conservation organisations to help land owners and managers; A shift in emphasis from a site based approach towards the wider landscape scale; A strategic approach to forward planning and development control; A focus on biodiversity outcomes, rather than detailed prescriptions for how these are delivered; Blending the assets, skills, and imagination of different sectors to create effective local delivery partnerships.

15 Challenges Sustained resources from Government, the private sector and voluntary bodies; Integrating with other sectors, for example farming sector; Tying in with other strategies for example RES, LAAs; Synergy with other regions; Climate change.

16 What we are doing now Climate Change Proofing Nature Map; Visioning Workshops – integrating with other sectors and strategies more effectively;

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18 What we are doing now Climate Change Proofing Nature Map; Visioning Workshops – integrating with other sectors and strategies more effectively; Interactive web based Nature Map;

19 What we are doing now Climate Change Proofing Nature Map; Visioning Workshops – integrating with other sectors and strategies more effectively; Interactive web based Nature Map; More delivery on the ground; Local approaches to delivery and refinement; Monitoring and review.

20 For further information Naomi Brookes South West Regional Biodiversity Co-ordinator E: T: Or go to:


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