Towards a Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Brighton & Hove


INDEX + Executive Summary

A. Audit to inform a possible future LBAP



Report prepared by: John Patmore and the Wildlife Advisory Group
44 Havelock Road
Brighton BN1 6GF

Tel. 01273 507 907

Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Brighton & Hove

Executive Summary

Towards a Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Brighton and Hove:

1. This report describes the background to the UK Biodiveristy Action Plan (initiated in 1995) as a component of Sustainable Development.

2. The duties and responsibilities of Local Authorities in England is outlined and reference made to Brighton and Hove council policies and strategies.

3. A full list of relevant habitats and species with relevance to the city council is provided following a detailed review of past information and consultation with 26 local specialists during summer 2002.

4. Five recommendations are made;

Recommendation A

It is strongly recommended that the council allocate sufficient resources to understand and address their relevant biodiversity issues and objectives. This could form part of the sustainability strategy to improve the quality of life for all within the council's area.


Recommendation B

A LBAP working group is established with an agreed aim, objectives and costed timescale. This should be managed by a relevant council officer, with appropriate targets and reporting mechanisms assigned.


Recommendation C

A LBAP web-page be produced. Ideally this will be ‘hosted' as part of the council's external webpage with appropriate links to the council's intranet where confidentiality is required.


Recommendation D

A ‘bulletin-board' type of discussion group be established which is hosted by the city council to enable efficient information exchange and transparent debate amongst working group members.


Recommendation E

An audit system be developed to quantify the status, extent and quality of agreed habitats and species within the city, or likely to be affected by actions undertaken in connection with the city.



Part 1 - LBAP.pdf

Executive Summary
1. Background to BAP processes
Table 1: Local BAP progress in Sussex
2. Brighton and Hove Strategic Directions
Table 2: Project phases for developing a LBAP
3. Phase 1: Review of Brighton & Hove’s wildlife features


Part 2 - LBAP.pdf

4. Establishing a Working Group, or Network

Table 3: Identifying the purpose of the network
Table 4: Probable purpose of the LBAP network
Table 5: Ensuring effectiveness
Table 6: Terms of reference
Table 7: Decision making processes
Table 8: Communication
Table 9: Identifying support for the network
Table 10: Assessing effectiveness

5. Communications and Consultation Mechanisms
Table 11: Bulletin Board options

Part 3 - LBAP.pdf

6. Habitat and species information
Table 12: Habitat Types within Brighton & Hove

7.3 Detailed Habitat type descriptions.
A. Acid grassland
B. Calcareous grasslands
C. Neutral Grassland
D. Improved Grassland
E. Boundary and linear features
F. Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
G. Arable and horticulture
H. Urban wildlife habitat
I. Supralittoral Rocks
J. Littoral and sublittoral chalk
K. Littoral sediment
L. Supralittoral sediment
M. Inshore sublittoral rock
N. Inshore sublittoral sediment
O. Offshore shelf sediment
P. Standing open water and canals
Q. Built up areas and gardens

8. Earth Science Features


Part 4 - LBAP.pdf


A Stoneworts
B Algae
C Liverworts
D Mosses
E Lichens
F Fungi
G Vascular plants
H True bugs
I Worms
J Molluscs
K Flies
L Hymenoptera
M Beetles
N Moths
O Butterflies
P Spiders
Q Miscellaneous invertebrates
R Amphibians
S Reptiles
T Birds
U Mammals


Part 5 - LBAP.pdf

9.1 Additional species worth noting

Appendix 1: UKBAP web-page habitat and species lists