Biodiversity Action Plan

Welcome to Winchester's new Biodiversity Action Plan

Biodiversity is such a wonderful asset to those of us who live, work and visit the district; partly through its ability to help reduce the impacts of climate change but also for the range of benefits it provides.  Sadly we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate and the council is determined to do what it can to help protect, enhance and restore biodiversity.  We have therefore produced this action plan which sets out our strategic approach going forward.

The document is made up of three parts:

Part 1 – the main document which includes the reasons why we need a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), some facts and figures on how biodiversity is faring, the key aims of the Plan; how it fits with other plans and work; and how the plan will be delivered.

Part 2 – fact sheets on 22 key species and four key habitats which are included in the BAP and are the main focus for our work.  The sheets include a photo of the species or habitat, a map showing its known locations and some ideas as to what you can do to help support biodiversity.

Part 3 – a summary action plan detailing the key actions the Council will be doing in 2021 to help protect, enhance and recreate biodiversity on its own land holdings and through its work programmes.  

If you would like a hard copy of the document please contact

Now the plan has been written and launched the real work will start – the delivery of over 60 actions in 2021 alone by the council.

However we know there is more needed than we alone can deliver so we look forward with working with others over the next five years to make a real difference on the ground.


Our new nature reserve at Barton Meadows.

A bee takes flight at Barton Meadows.