The implementation of the biodiversity and green infrastructure framework relies on the availability of high quality baseline data. It also requires the involvement of local practitioners and key decision makers to apply the approach in a consistent manner.
The Nature Map for Gloucestershire shows where the characteristic habitats that typify the county and support its wildlife can be expanded and linked to help wildlife survive in an uncertain future. By identifying the county's wildlife Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) in respect of Priority Habitats, blocks of land were identified which provided the best opportunity for creating and linking these key wildlife habitats.
Gloucestershire's Nature Map represents an ecological network for the future. The landscape-scale blocks of land called Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) show where the characteristic habitats that typify the county and support its wildlife can be expanded and linked to create a more resilient natural environment. This new approach, the one of large-scale habitat restoration and creation will deliver wide-ranging benefits for people as well as wildlife because of the range of ecosysytem services that a resilient, coherent ecological network can provide.
Landscape-scale conservation aims to take a holistic approach, looking not just at biodiversity but at local economies, agriculture, ecotourism, geodiversity, culture, archaeology, health and social benefits that come with our natural environment.
The priority habitats are those listed on the English List however the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership reviewed the county priority habitats list in 2008 and the result was the identification of 26 UK Priority Habitats and 10 Local Priority Habitats.
The priority species are those appearing on the English List but previously a list was compiled of those which were known to occur in Gloucestershire. This list also includes species whose local decline meets national criteria for marked decline, Red Listed birds, nationally scarce plants, and culturally valued species.