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Nov 19, 2018

Gloucestershire Nature Map


Personally I agree we need a confirmed improved Nature (Ecological) Recovery Network for Gloucestershire to fit in with the Defra 25 Year Plan. However I say improved because I hope we don't forget our existing spatial recovery strategy which is the Gloucestershire Nature Map. This was created from many datasets and the input of many partners between 2006 and 2011. It has informed the formation of our Local Nature Improvement Areas as well as green Infrastructure mapping (strategically by the LNP and on a district basis by the Local Planning Authorities). The Glos. Nature Map (Dec 2011) is now embedded or inferred in many recently adopted Local Development Plans and is a recovery vision for 2050.


The Glos. Nature Map components are Strategic Nature Areas and these profile the extent of existing habitats, sites and what ecological improvements should be sought. I think the new Nature (Ecological) Recovery Network should not be a complete re-think but involve tweaking/revising the Glos. Nature Map, adding in latest GI mapping and the location of important rivers/watercourses. A key part of this on the ground should be the extension of our Key Wildlife Sites/SSSIs plus green space in Lawton fashion - bigger, better and more joined up! The LNP Conservation Priorities could then include the adoption of an updated 'ecological recovery network map' and also have some ambitions for a suite of key priority habitats and priority species. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the meeting that will kick all this off on the 30th November so hence my post here.

Shows Strategic Nature Areas in blocked colours plus main rivers. We need to update these boundaries and add in our GI mapping?Shows Strategic Nature Areas in blocked colours plus main rivers. We need to update these boundaries and add in our GI mapping?
Gloucestershire Nature Map


Nov 19, 2018

Thanks for this Gary.

This absolutely needs to be and will be the case. If anyone wants to know more about 'Nature Map', you can visit the project page here: https://www.gloucestershirenature.org.uk/nature-map Gary, I believe the County are owners of this data and the maps, is that correct? If so, we will need to look to draw in that data when beginning our Nature Recover Network to help form our baseline.

Nov 19, 2018Edited: Nov 19, 2018

Both GCER and GCC hold the GIS (digital) map files and the associated Strategic Nature Area profiles. This information is available to anyone who needs it. Also there is a read me explanation note on Nature Map that was produced in December 2011. There is also a Local Plan development guidance from 2013 on the LNP website but that needs updating when the new Recovery Network is launched.

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  • The date to review the conservation priorities that were drafted back in April 2018 is on Friday 30th November . If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact us and I can look to send you all the information you need. The agenda is as follows: 1. Welcome & Apologies 2. Overview of LNP Integrated Environmental Plan/ Nature Recovery Network (NRN) plans 3. NRN target audience/routes for delivery 4. NRN aims and integration with previous conservation priorities work 5. Existing relevant spatial data 6. Priority landscapes to begin mapping