South West Lakes Trust manages over 50 inland waterways and associated land for the purposes of informal recreation and conservation. The Trustís Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) is a comprehensive set of objectives and targets for the conservation of species and habitats that occur on land managed by the Trust, and been identified as priority species/habitats for protection within the UK.
The BAP links in directly with regional and national BAPs and provides a framework for active management. Each Habitat Action Plan (HAP) and Species Action Plan (SAP) provides a list of sites that host that particular species or habitat.
Individual Species and Habitat Action Plans set out practical and active management objectives and targets and are intended for use by active site managers. To ensure an integrated approach all objectives for achieving the conservation objectives set out in the BAP are detailed in the individual site management plans.
Management includes ecological surveys, practical estate/conservation management, habitat creation, restoration and/or enhancement, public awareness and promotion, or no management intervention, ie left to its own devices.
The South West Lakes Trust Biodiversity Action Plan comprises 13 Habitats and 20 Species for which 11 Habitat Action Plans and 8 Species Action Plans are complete.
All information relating to the associated habitats and species is drawn from past surveys and documentation arising from existing site management plans and Natural England's Nature-on the-Map. The Devon Biodiversity Records Centre supplied additional information from their County Wildlife Site inventory of all SWLT sites across Devon.
The South West Lakes Trust Biodiversity Action Plan is a working document and will be reviewed and updated as necessary. Each individual Species Action Plan and Habitat Action Plan will be assessed and reported upon annually so that progress in achieving the Trust's targets can be documented and addressed where falling behind.
Habitats covered by the Trust's BAP
• Wet Woodland
• Upland Oak Woodland
• Ancient / Species-rich Hedgerows
• Purple Moor Grass & Rush Pasture (Rhos Pasture / Culm Grassland)
• Lowland Heath
• Upland Heath
• Eutrophic standing waters
• Lowland Beech and Yew
• Lowland Meadows
Species covered by the Trust's BAP
• European Otter
• Spotted Flycatcher
• Marsh Fritillary
• Barn Owl
• Millimetre Moss
• Freshwater pearl mussel