Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Managing biodiversity: Create a site action plan

Managing biodiversity: Create a site action plan

Your business may need to create a site biodiversity action plan (BAP) as a condition of a planning consent, or to comply with legal requirements for a protected species.

You may also want to create a plan if your business has an environmental management system. See our guideline: Environmental management systems and environmental reports

Your business BAP should identify options for how best to protect the priority species identified at your site. It should include the baseline biodiversity conditions, objectives, targets, a work plan and monitoring to check progress.

NIEA: Local Biodiversity action

SNH: Local biodiversity action plans

You may need to employ a professional ecologist to help you draw up your site BAP. You can search a directory of ecologists on the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) website.

IEEM: Directory of ecologists

Further information

Biodiversity Action Reporting System

In this Guideline

How conservation and biodiversity relate to your business

How businesses rely on natural resources and services

Protected sites and priority habitats

Protected and priority species

Non-native species

Environmental damage to biodiversity

Managing biodiversity: Establish the baseline

Managing biodiversity: Create a site action plan

Managing biodiversity: Measure performance

Work with other organisations on biodiversity

Conservation and biodiversity legislation

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