Ensuring Greater Lincolnshire and its neighbouring seas are much richer in biodiversity.
The Nature Strategy for Greater Lincolnshire was published in 2011 (revised 2015) and is called the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP - 3rd edition). It identifies the issues facing the habitats and species of Greater Lincolnshire and describes the actions needed to bring about a more sustainable situation. Most importantly this document was written by, and signed up to by, 44 organisations and received a full public consultation before publication.
The Nature Partnership coordinates the delivery of the Nature Strategy; from working with Partners on individual projects to supporting funding applications that are in line with the strategy. There are six habitat groups that form the backbone of the joint working and action reporting across all of the Lincolnshire Landscapes and more information can be found in the Knowledge hub.
Unfortunately the reason we need this Nature Strategy is because much of our biodiversity is under threat and either in the short or long term could be lost altogether. Many of the wildlife sites and species populations in Lincolnshire are small, isolated and vulnerable.
Biodiversity affects all aspects of our lives, from the food we eat and air we breathe to the commodities we trade. Recognising this and attributing a value to the 'ecosystem services' that the natural environment provides society may help to safeguard it.
The current BAP comes to an end in 2020 marking 20 years of biodiversity action planning in Greater Lincolnshire.
Over the next 12 months, the Team and Partners will be working together to determine what a future strategy should look like.