Nature and Wildlife - Biodiversity Action Plans

In 1993, the UK government consulted with over three hundred organisations throughout the UK and held a two day seminar to debate the key issues raised at the Biodiversity Convention. The product of this was the launch of Biodiversity: the UK Action Plan in 1994.

It established fundamental principles for future biodiversity conservation in the UK. These were:

  • Partnership - action involving the mutual co-operation of statutory, voluntary, academic and business sectors at both national and local levels.

  • Targets - the establishment of measureable outcomes that address the needs of species and habitat types of most concern to biodiversity conservation.

  • Policy Integration - recognise that shifts in policy are needed to reverse the decline in the UK biodiversity resource and to support sustainable development in all sectors of society.

  • Information - while sound science and knowledge should underpin decisions, recognise that new approaches are required to fill information gaps and understanding and to manage the information already available more efficently.

  • Public Awareness- public understanding and action is needed to support the changes needed to maintain biodiversity.

    Their primary purpose is to focus resources by means of local partnerships to implement conservation action for the priority habitats and species and locally important wildlife and sites. The content of the LBAPs are informed and guided by national targets so that their implementation is firmly linked to national priorities. However, the plans should seek to reflect the values of local people and provide a focus for local initiatives.

    The BAPS that cover the Sefton Coast are included in the North Merseyside BAPS. The national set of BAPS and further information can be found at