Doncaster biodiversity action plan

Doncaster Biodiversity Action Partnership has produced a Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) for the borough.

The Action Plan outlines wildlife conservation priorities and provides guidance on how we can protect and enhance biodiversity.

The Action Plan consists of a series of documents; the introduction document, further information document and a biodiversity leaflet can be downloaded below.

LBAP Introduction and Overview
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Further Information
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Biodiversity Leaflet
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A Species Audit and Habitat Action Plans also form part of the document and will be subject to continual review as part of the Biodiversity Action planning process. Use the link below to go to the Habitat Action Plan page to see what work has been done so far.

A Species Audit has been developed to identify Doncaster's priority species for conservation.  Use the link below to go to the Species Action Plan page to see what work has been done so far.

Diversity

One of the UK’s best kept environmental and wildlife secrets are right here under our noses in the Doncaster region. The landscapes and countryside types between Mexborough and Thorne, Norton and Bawtry include some of the richest habitats and rarest plants and animals in Britain, some occurring nowhere else in the UK. 

Our region is really special. Due to a range of happy accidents of geology, geography, climate and human history we have a vast and diverse wealth of plants and animals associated with upland and lowland, southern and northern areas, together with wetland and dryland, acid and alkaline, ancient and modern habitats.

We have three very different underlying rock types; the coal measures sandstones and shale to the west; the Magnesian limestone ridge (an internationally rare rock type running from Norton to Tickhill) cut-through by the dramatic Don Gorge, with its crags, grassland and ancient woods; and the Sherwood sandstone ridge from Hatfield to Bawtry with its heathlands and ancient woodlands. These very different zones are made the more diverse by overlying deposits of clays, sands, gravels and, of course, the presence of two of the largest areas of lowland peatlands in western Europe.

Fragments of nationally scarce ancient woodlands, heathlands, peat bogs and fenland mean that many creatures extinct elsewhere in Britain still survive here. With the River Don being tidal up to Doncaster and with the east of our region dipping to sea level, a number of estuarine and coastal species thrive; indeed one of the best saltmarshes in Yorkshire is here in Thorne. With six meandering river systems, extensive wetlands and the networks of ditches and drains of the Humberhead Levels the region surely represents the ‘everglades’ of South Yorkshire.

Threats

It has been recognised for a long time that human activities are changing or destroying wildlife habitats and natural ecosystems, with the resultant loss of species. The loss of biodiversity is not just confined to the Amazon rain forest but is an issue in the UK and Doncaster too.  

All of our activities have an effect on Biodiversity - from railways and roads cutting through the countryside to increased spread of industry along river corridors and to the impacts of agriculture.  Although peat extraction has now halted on the Thorne and Hatfield Moors, the industry has left a huge legacy of damage to this extremely rare and threatened habitat. 

Species are currently becoming extinct at the fastest rate known in geological history and in the UK alone over 100 species have disappeared since 1900. It is clear that something must be done to counteract the current losses.

Action

The pieces of the jigsaw that make up the Doncaster Biodiversity Action Plan are individual action plans for each key plant, animal or habitat. These will all be set out in the same way, and an example is shown below. They aim to show what needs to be done for each habitat or species. The action plans will be written by the Biodiversity Group, but the actions will be widely consulted upon.

We need to involve people and organisations who have control over the development and management of large areas of Doncaster. It is vital to ensure that current policies and practices which affect the environment do not damage biodiversity, but instead contribute towards conserving and enhancing it. We need to achieve the objectives of the Earth Summit and the UK Action Plan, here, in Doncaster. We also need to protect the range of habitats, plants and animals which is unique and special to Doncaster and which is important to local people.

Local action plans involve local people and raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and of the threats to the environment. Everyone can make a contribution, no matter how small.

We need to involve people and organisations who have control over the development and management of large areas of Doncaster. It is vital to ensure that current policies and practices which affect the environment do not damage biodiversity, but instead contribute towards conserving and enhancing it.

Our aim, therefore, is to conserve, enhance and restore the habitats, plants and animals which make up the biodiversity of Doncaster and in order to achieve this aim we need help to:
• identify the habitats, plants and animals which are found in the district
• identify and prioritise the areas of Doncaster where habitats, plants and animals are threatened 
• identify and carry out the actions which will protect and enhance the populations and spread of plants and animals

Visit the Getting Involved page to get ideas for how you can join in with these kinds of activities, or visit the Schools and Gardens page to find out how you can help wildlife in your own garden or neighbourhood.

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Last updated: 26 January 2017 18:03:10