Cumbria Biodiversity Action Plan

The Cumbria Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was published by the Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership in 2001. This local BAP is the means by which national biodiversity targets will be met locally. The document also includes locally important species and habitats that are characteristic to Cumbria but not covered by the national targets.     

The Cumbria BAP also aims to raise public awareness and understanding of the natural environment and hopes to encourage local people and politicians to take a closer interest in biodiversity in order to take action to help vulnerable wildlife and threatened habitats. 

Biodiversity & Economy   

Diverse habitats and communities of plants and animals should be conserved for their own sakes but we often overlook their importance to the economy of our area. It is the range of landscapes and the species they support that bring in the huge numbers of tourists that visit Cumbria throughout the year. These visitors provide a vital source of income to shops, hotels, campsites, B&B's and cafes and their membership of some of the organisations working to protect the environment of the county is highly significant.   

A biologically diverse natural environment also attracts businesses to set up in the county, bringing with them jobs and prosperity for our towns and villages. Many of the habitat management techniques used to help to conserve biodiversity can also benefit the economy such as the production of woodland products like timber and charcoal. 

The Action Plan 

21 species and 18 habitats have been identified for priority action and targets set for recovery. Species include bats, red squirrels, water voles, barn owls and the juniper. Habitats include nutrient enriched lakes, hay meadows, blanket bog, and upland oak and ash woods. 

The Cumbria BAP also lists a number of actions including lobbying to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, influencing industry, utilities, landowners, farmers and the public sector to adopt sympathetic approaches to land management, ensuring that planning policy and practice act to protect biodiversity and securing widespread public interest and involvement in protecting biodiversity. 

Further Information and Contacts 

To find out more about Cumbria's Biodiversity Action Plan and biodiversity in Cumbria contact:

Graham Jackson-Pitt (Local Biodiversity Manager)
Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership, c/o Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Crook Road
01539 816300

Natural England (Cumbria)
Juniper House
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Rd
0300 060 2122
0300 060 3126