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Nature Conservation Strategy - Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)

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Birmingham has a great variety of attractive open spaces, such as Sutton Park, Moseley Bog Local Nature Reserve and the Cole Valley. The extensive canal system and Birmingham’s three rivers form a network of open corridors throughout the City. Here, thousands of plants and animals survive and thrive alongside industry and housing. The people of Birmingham can enjoy nature on their doorstep.

The use of land and buildings will continue to change. The Nature Conservation Strategy was prepared to ensure that, whilst these changes take place, our nature conservation resources are there for future generations to enjoy.

The Nature Conservation Strategy for Birmingham was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance in November 1996. This means that we take it into account when deciding planning applications. It provides comprehensive advice and guidance for the conservation of the city’s biodiversity.

Information about the designated sites referred to in the Nature Conservation Strategy can be obtained from us. Please email sustainabilityteam@birmingham.gov.uk, or have a look at the Birmingham Unitary Development Plan.

You may also like to look at

  • EcoRecord – the biological records centre for Birmingham and the Black Country which holds information about the wildlife, designated sites and habitats of Birmingham and currently has more than 500,000 species records on its database.
  • the Biodiversity Action Plan for Birmingham and the Black Country - which supports the Nature Conservation Strategy by identifying landscapes that are strategically important for habitat creation, restoration and maintenance and provides additional information about Birmingham’s priority habitats and species.

A copy of the Nature Conservation Strategy is below.

Document Status : Statutory Policy Document - Approved November 1996

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Last Updated : 15th July 2013