Regional habitat data project

Woodland sceneThe Regional Habitat Data Project is managed by the West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership and aims to create a reliable spatial representation of all known priority BAP habitat across the West Midlands region.

This project intends to pull together all the existing reliable national, regional and local data sets, making them available as a regional resource as a tool for future planning and development of strategies.

The project was divided into 3 stages:

The need to establish better baseline data for habitats has been accepted by the Regional Assembly (Environmental Monitoring Group) based on advice from the Statutory Agencies.

The lack of standardised data across the region was also identified as a major issue within the Landscapes for Living project and remains a problem for the current project to review the Regional Spatial Strategy’s habitat targets (PDF, 63KB) and for providing regional advice in connection with adaptation for climate change. The timing of the Regional Spatial Strategy Review is crucial and it is important that it uses the best available data.

Stage 1

This stage was completed by the Local Record Centres in March 2008. Their report provides information on:

  • Numbers of habitat data held
  • Numbers of data providers and guidance relating to assessing confidence
  • More information on the report

View the initial audit of all existing BAP habitat data sets within the region (PDF, 625KB)

Stage 2

Stage 2 has just been completed and has created an initial GIS layer of existing habitat data sets that were relatively easily convertible from existing survey information into priority BAP habitat.

Although this initial layer requires further work it represents a massive step forward to the ultimate goal of this project. Information from this work is available from the Local Record Centres who are now making arrangements for its future management.

View the production of an initial GIS layer of BAP habitat (PDF, 281KB)

Stage 3

Work now needs to commence on developing this project to ensure that the initial GIS layer from stage 2 is completed with all existing data sets translated and gaps in data identified.

It is only after this work has been completed can the region consider that it has a sound evidence base for future strategic planning.

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