Supporting documents to help with the assessment of Local Wildlife Sites in Birmingham and the Black Country:
- Birmingham and Black Country Local Wildlife Sites - Guidance for Selection (March 2018)
- Local Wildlife Sites Assessment Report Form (v3.0)
- Example of a Completed Local Wildlife Site Assessment Form (v2.6)
- Species Recording Spreadsheet
- Local Sites Partnership for Birmingham and the Black Country: Terms of Reference
- Social Criteria: Additional Information Sources
Species of Note
- Draft B&BC Species Rarity Lists (v2.0)
- B&BC Axiophyte List (October 2016)
- List of statutory protected, UKBAP and Local BAP species recorded in B&BC (March 2018)
Habitats of Note
- List of UK BAP Habitats present in B&BC (March 2018)
- B&BC Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats
Birmingham and the Black Country Biodiversity Action Plan
Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area Ecological Strategy (2017-2022)
A summary of the strategy is availble to download here
Describing the ecological network of Birmingham and the Black Country*
The ecological network of Birmingham and the Black Country has been mapped and all parts of the landscape have been assigned to one of three broad categories:
a) The 'Core Ecological Areas' are the areas of the conurbation that are richest in wildlife. As might be expected these include the parts of our landscape least affected by urban development – such as Sutton Park and the countryside in the south of the borough of Dudley – but it also includes areas where wildlife has reclaimed sites that were once at the heart of the industrial Black Country. The Ecological Core Areas are shown as the red areas on the map below.
b) Joining the Core Areas and the wider landscape together are 'Ecological Linking Areas'. These include the majority of our remaining ‘natural’ open spaces where many of the more frequently encountered species and habitats exist – often in very close proximity to dense human populations. Much of this part of the network is concentrated around key wildlife corridors including the extensive system of rivers, streams and canals. The Ecological Linking Areas are shown as the green areas on the map below.
c) Outside of the Core Ecological Areas and Ecological Linking Areas are the ‘Ecological Opportunity Areas’. These are the most intensively used parts of the landscape where the greenspace is dominated by formal parks, public open spaces, gardens, road verges and the most productive farmland.
Birmingham and the Black Country NIA Ecological Network Map:
Birmingham and the Black Country NIA ecological network map © EcoRecord, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and the Birmingham and Black Country Botanical Society 2017 (CC BY-NC 4.0)