Photo: Aubrey Jenkins, courtesy of BBOWT.

Summary of Stakeholder Engagement

Earlier in the year we ran a number of workshops and online surveys to gather your views on how to make Buckinghamshire a better place for wildlife and people. You can click here to read the Stakeholder Engagement Summary Report.

Statement of Biodiversity Priorities

Your views have been combined with knowledge from a working group of ecological experts from each of the organisations on the Pilot Area Team involved in producing the pilot LNRS. This has created a list of outcomes that are a priority for the Buckinghamshire pilot LNRS.

The list of priority biodiversity outcomes that were produced in the pilot are provided at Section 2 of the Buckinghamshire Pilot Draft Local Nature Recovery Strategy.

Local Habitat Maps

As part of the pilot LNRS, Local Habitat Maps are being produced to identify the existing distribution of different habitat types and the location of areas already important for biodiversity, overlaid by locations considered suitable for delivering the outcomes and measures identified by stakeholders.

The habitat maps that were produced in the pilot are provided at Section 3 of the Buckinghamshire Pilot Draft Local Nature Recovery Strategy.

Please note: We have presented two illustrative local habitat maps in the final pilot report, to show the process of construction a map from the methodology tested and followed. However, the LNRS Pilot Area Team believes there is a substantial amount of additional work that would be required to complete the SCP process to reach a finished mapping product. Currently, therefore, the maps presented are not complete enough (for example in terms of what has been included in the baseline coverage map, and in terms of bringing in stakeholder input to the map modelling process) to have confidence in them being used as a prototype for creating the Local Habitat Map for the actual forthcoming Buckinghamshire LNRS.  That said, the process has enabled many lessons to be learned by the team in preparedness for working towards final Local Nature Recovery Strategies in due course.

Due to the speed of completion of the pilot LNRS process neither the Statement of Biodiversity Priorities nor the two illustrative Local Habitats Maps have received political approval beyond that required for the submission of the LNRS protype products to the government at the end of Pilot.