Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-20

The City of London’s BAP provides a strategic focus to the management of green space in the Square Mile. A key theme of the City Together strategy is to ensure that the City protects, promotes and enhances our environment.

The BAP partnership group met on 18 March 2015 to review the achievements of the previous BAP 2010 to 2015 and to agree the target species and habitats for the next five years. Friends of City Gardens are a member of the partnership group. The consultation period for the new BAP has now closed and BAP 2016-2020 was published in August 2016.

Stag beetle

The following have been selected as target species:
House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
Swift (Apus apus)
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Bats (Chiroptera spp.)
Bumblebees (Bombus spp.)
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus)


Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation

The London Plan identifies the need to protect biodiversity and to provide opportunities for people to access nature through local green spaces. The best examples of key habitats and green spaces are identified as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs). SINCs are non-statutory designated sites identified by local authorities. In London, sites are categorised of importance at Metropolitan, Borough and Local level. In the City the following sites have been designated as:

Sites of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation

The River Thames and its Tidal Tributaries
Sites of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation
Temple Gardens
Barbican and St Alphage Gardens
Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation
Pepys Garden and St Olave’s Churchyard, Seething Lane
St Paul’s Cathedral Garden
Cleary Gardens
St Botolph without Bishopsgate Churchyard
Aldermanbury Gardens
The Roman Wall, Noble Street
Finsbury Circus

Three new SLINCs are to be created under the BAP 2016 – 2020

Postman’s Park

Portsoken Garden
Postman’s Park
St Dunstan in the East