Biodiversity action plan

Biodiversity action plan

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

It incorporates objectives and targets within the UK BAP and has been acknowledged by the UK government report Sustaining the Variety of Life as a best practice example of corporate involvement in biodiversity work.

It draws on a long tradition of wildlife conservation work within Wessex Water and has developed into a coherent programme of activity including:

  • the partners programme which provides funding to projects carried out by wildlife organisations 
  • our environmental assessment work to enhance biodiversity on our land, such as the sites of treatment works 
  • our conservation, access, recreation work which outlines our duty of care in the region.

The programme involves:

  • funding projects to protect and enhance the region’s biodiversity
  • minimising the impact of our investment programme on biodiversity
  • enhancing biodiversity on our sites.

Our BAP was given impetus by regulation that has been instrumental in the development of biodiversity work.

This includes:

  • international agreements such as the International Convention on Biodiversity, agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance
  • European Union (EU) legislation, such as, the Species and Habitats Directive covering the Natura 2000 sites
  • national legislation and policy, including the UK BAP, the code of practice on conservation, access and recreation and the duty to conserve biodiversity under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act, Water Act and the Conservation and Rights of Way Act
  • the South West regional spatial strategy, for which there is a significant biodiversity dimension.

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

2019 may be the Year of Green Action, but for us it marks 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 four areas of work: 

  • managing our land for wildlife
  • ensuring impacts on the environment from our operational activities and development are minimised
  • supporting external biodiversity partnerships and projects through our Partners Programme
  • working in river catchments to boost wildlife and improve water quality.

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.