Biodiversity action plan

Biodiversity action plan

Our biodiversity action plan (BAP) was the first corporate initiative of its kind to be based on the UK biodiversity action plan (UK BAP).

It draws on a long tradition of wildlife conservation work within Wessex Water but has continually adapted to meet the many challenges facing the habitats and species within our region.  Our plan has four key themes to help conserve and enhance biodiversity within our own activities and also within our region:

  • our partners programme, which provides funding for projects carried out by wildlife organisations across our region
  • our environmental assessment work which set out how we avoid or mitigate any impact to the environment from developing our sites or operations
  • our conservation, access, recreation work which includes enhancing biodiversity on our land, such as the sites of treatment works
  • our catchment biodiversity work, which aims to find both wildlife and water quality solutions to problems in our catchments which are cost-effective and sustainable.

Our staff are also actively involved with many of the local conservation groups and organisations across our region, including the Local Nature Partnerships, Environmental Records Centres, Catchment Partnerships and wildlife groups.

2019 was the Year of Green Action, but for us it marked 21 years since we became the first water company to publish a biodiversity action plan (BAP). Having a plan is all well and good, but what have we done to help wildlife across our region?

Since 1998, we've been busy delivering on projects to achieve these aims, concentrating on our four areas of work.

Read our Wild Working report to find out more about what we’ve achieved over the past 21 years and a glimpse into our wild future.

BAP Partners Programme

Our biodiversity action plan (BAP) partners programme provides funding to projects carried out by wildlife organisations which will conserve and enhance biodiversity across our region.

BAP Partners Programme